2023 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 4 - Counties
Article 36 - Miscellaneous Powers of Counties
Section 4-36-2 - County libraries; establishment; contract services; gifts and bequests.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 4-36-2 (2023)

A. A county may establish and maintain a free public library under proper regulation and may receive, hold and dispose of a gift, donation, devise or bequest that is made to the county for the purpose of establishing, increasing or improving the library. The governing body may apply the use, profit, proceeds, interest and rents accruing from such property in any manner that will best improve the library and its use.

B. A county establishing a public library may enter into contracts and joint powers agreements with other counties, municipalities, local school boards, post-secondary educational institutions and the library division of the office of cultural affairs for the furnishing of regional library services.

History: 1953 Comp., § 15-36-1.3, enacted by Laws 1965, ch. 87, § 3; 1977, ch. 246, § 46; 1980, ch. 151, § 2; 1999, ch. 20, § 2.


Cross references. — For state library commission, see Chapter 18, Article 2 NMSA 1978.

The 1999 amendment, effective June 18, 1999, substituted the present catchline for the former catchline which read "Contract with other counties"; deleted former Subsections A(1) through A(3) and B relating to contracting with one or more counties and the library division of the office of cultural affairs for library services, contracting for the establishment of a regional library serving more than one county, appropriating money for the support of a regional library or library services, and providing that any regional library so established must first be approved by the state librarian; added the language beginning "establish and maintain" to the end of Subsection A; and added Subsection B.

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