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SB-1455 Public libraries: facilities: comprehensive needs assessment.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Reading and literacy skills are fundamental to success in our economy and our society.
(b) Public libraries are a vital part of the educational system. They provide resources and services for all residents of California, including preschoolers, out-of-school adults, senior citizens, at-risk youth, and those attending schools at all levels.
(c) In many cases, public libraries serve as a community’s only public point of access to resources for learning and, by extension, self-sufficiency.
(d) The construction and renovation of public library facilities is necessary to expand access to reading and literacy programs in the state public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents of California.
(e) The need for public library facilities continues to grow. A 2007 needs assessment compiled by the California State Library found that there is a need for over eight billion dollars ($8,000,000,000) in public library funding.
(f) In March 2000, California voters approved a bond measure of three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000) for public library construction and renovation.
(g) Due to the overwhelming response by applicants, the California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board was forced to deny approximately 75 percent of all applications due to lack of additional bond funding.
SEC. 2.
 (a) The State Librarian shall prepare a comprehensive assessment on the statewide need for the new construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of public libraries, and submit a report to the Governor, the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on or before August 15, 2015.
(b) The comprehensive assessment shall be prepared by the State Librarian using existing resources.