Why Hold a Public Vote?

Libraries hold votes for various reasons based on their current and future needs. Some common reasons for holding a public vote include:

  • To create a stable funding source.
  • To improve the level of financial support contributed to the library by the community.
  • To restructure the library (For example, changing from an Association Library to a Special District Library.)
  • To undertake a building project, such as an expansion, renovation or purchase of a new facility.
  • To remove a layer of government and create a more direct link to customers.





This toolkit was created on behalf of the 2005-2007 Getting to Yes (GTY) project. GTY is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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