BBER Publications

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Technical Report

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University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research


A study of operating funding options for the 93 local libraries within the New Mexico State Library system, which includes public libraries run by municipalities, counties, non-profit organizations, and Native American tribes. With many libraries having experienced decreasing operating funds since 2007, the authors review several options for funding local library operations, including increased State Library assistance; increased use of GO bonds; increased funding from counties and municipalities; establishing library districts; establishing Quality of Life districts; and collaboration between libraries and arts or cultural organizations. The report is illustrated with tables and graphs; appendices include information on the New Mexico anti-donation clause, a graph with a model for a library district in New York, and references.


"The genesis of this report was a request from the New Mexico State Library."