funding in New York State is a patchwork of public and private funds.
on the type of library
budget strategies differ.
and special district libraries, can have their budgets voted on annually
by the public if they plan on a budget increase.
libraries contract with their municipality for funding and rely on a Friends
Group and traditional fundraising to supplement their budget.
libraries often depend on Friends Groups, charitable donations and/or irregular
annual allotments from municipalities.
These last two types (municipal
and association) do have the opportunity to have the public vote on the funding
level for the library from the municipality through a 414
vote, if successful, a 414 locks in an amount for the library agreed
upon by the voters. If you are an association or municipal public library
interested in conducting a 414 vote check out Inch
by Inch, Row by Row: Implementing Chapter 414 of New York States 1995
laws,the "local votes law" for public libraries and contact
to help with winning your vote check out the MHLS
Public Library Vote Toolbox: Know-how for Your Library's Vote
Resources to help
you secure adequate funding for your library:
Knowing your community and providing what they need when they need it is
a key component to funding for public libraries. This resource page gives
you to the tools needed in the areas of marketing and public relations.
Regardless of type all libraries in New York must advocate on the local,
state and federal level for stable funding. The MHLS Advocacy Resources
section provides information such as legislators addresses, current legislation
impacting public libraries and tools to be an effective public library advocate.
Most libraries do some form of fundraising, either directly or through
a Friends Group. MHLS has collected a variety of fundraising resources
for public libraries including information about book sales, grant writing,
and capital campaigns.