ORS 357.410¹
Authority of local government units for public libraries

Any local government unit may:

(1) Establish, equip and maintain a public library.

(2) Contract with an established public library or with a private society or corporation owning and controlling a secular or nonsectarian library for the purpose of providing free use of the library for the residents of the local government unit, under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon.

(3) Contract with one or more units of local government or library boards pursuant to ORS 190.003 (Definitions for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.620 (Effect of corrected certificate on payments to cities or counties) to provide jointly a public library or public library service or share in the use of facilities, under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon.

(4) Enter into an interstate library agreement pursuant to Article VI of the Interstate Library Compact (ORS 357.340 (Interstate Library Compact)).

(5) Contract with the Trustees of the State Library for assistance in establishing, improving or extending public library service.

(6) Levy annually and cause to be collected, as other general taxes are collected, a tax upon the taxable property in the local government unit to provide a library fund to be used exclusively to maintain such library.

(7) Levy and cause to be collected, as other taxes are collected, a special tax upon the taxable property in the local government unit, or contract bonded indebtedness under the provisions of ORS chapter 287A to provide a public library building fund to be used exclusively for the purchase of real property for public library purposes and for the erection and equipping of public library buildings including branch library buildings.

(8) Levy or impose such other taxes as may be authorized to the unit by city charter or the charter of a home-rule county. [Amended by 1955 c.432 §5; 1961 c.251 §8; 1965 c.354 §7; 1975 c.112 §1; 1975 c.476 §17]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 357—Libraries; Archives; Poet Laureate, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors357.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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