Opponents to our campaign who state that a library district will result in "giving over control" to an appointed board may benefit from looking to any other library system in the state, regardless of whether it's a district, a school library, a City library, County library, or metropolitan library, and they will find libraries of every shape, size, and location are run by appointed boards who are overseen by local elected entities like City Councils or County Commissions. In part, this is designed to serve as a buffer against political officeholders with ideological agendas who seek to ban books and restrict public access to information.
The Boulder Public Library is currently managed (its policies, budget appropriations, and programs) by an appointed commission. The Colorado State Library compares governance of municipal vs district libraries, and here is what they show:
Boulder Public Library is currently municipally run. One big difference between the two is that in a library district, the board's power and duties are specific in Library Law, whereas in the municipal system such as what our library currently operates, decision-making is limited, and authority is unclear. In both cases, assets, equipment, and buildings can be leased.
As you can see from further comparison above, in a municipal setting, funding "can fluctuate from year to year based on other needs of government".
For more information on Colorado Library Law, please visit Library Laws, Policies, and Standards >>
As we get into gear for Boulder library ballot measure 6C to secure a stable funding future for our Boulder libraries, we’ll use this space to cover some of the details on the library district proposal that might be of interest to the public as this campaign moves ahead. Ballot issue 6C to fund our libraries will ensure that Boulder Public Library has long-term funding via a library district. We can't keep our libraries underfunded and closed. It's time to fund our libraries. Learn more at https://www.boulderlibrarychampions.org/. Read ballot issue 6C language here here: https://www.boulderlibrarychampions.org/ballot_language