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LIBRARIES
(75 ILCS 5/) Illinois Local Library Act.

75 ILCS 5/Art. 5

 
    (75 ILCS 5/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5. BUILDINGS

75 ILCS 5/5-1

    (75 ILCS 5/5-1) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-1)
    Sec. 5-1. Whenever the board of trustees of any public library organized under this Act determines to erect a building to be used as a library, or to purchase a site for the same, or to purchase a building, or to repair, remodel or improve an existing library building, or build an addition thereto, or to furnish necessary equipment therefor, or to acquire library materials such as books, periodicals, films, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the repair, remodeling, or improvement of an existing library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or to accumulate a fund to accomplish any of such purposes, or to do any or all of these things, the trustees may proceed as follows:
    If a new building is to be erected, or an existing library building is to be remodeled, repaired, improved or an addition thereto erected, or necessary equipment is to be furnished, or any or all of these things are to be done, the board of trustees shall cause a plan to be prepared and an estimate to be made of the cost. If a site or a building is to be purchased, the trustees shall cause an estimate to be made of the cost of such site or building. The trustees may then determine the funds that will be available from accumulations, and the amount to be raised from a bond issue, by annual certification, or by a mortgage. The trustees shall further determine the term, not exceeding 20 years, over which they shall spread the collection of the cost of erecting a new building, or remodeling, repairing, improving an existing library building or erecting an addition thereto, or furnishing necessary equipment, or purchasing and improving a site or building, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or any or all of these things.
    For the purpose of Sections 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 and 5-5 of this Act, the acquisition of library material such as books, periodicals, films, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities is considered to be in connection with the purchase or construction of a new library building or the repair, remodeling or improvement of an existing library building or the expansion of an existing library building if the determination of the Board of Trustees to acquire such library materials is made within 5 years from the date that a new library building is purchased, or construction of a new library building or the repair, remodeling or improvement of an existing library building or the expansion of an existing library building is completed.
    The board shall make a record of their proceedings and determinations and transmit a copy thereof to the corporate authorities for their consideration and approval.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/5-2

    (75 ILCS 5/5-2) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-2)
    Sec. 5-2. If the corporate authorities approve the action of the library board under Section 5-1, they may, by ordinance, or by resolution in the case of a township, provide that the bonds of the city, village, incorporated town or township be issued for the payment of the cost (so estimated as aforesaid) of constructing a building, or remodeling, repairing, improving an existing library building or the erection of an addition thereto, or purchasing a building, site or equipment, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or any or all of these things in which event the ordinance or resolution shall also state the time or times when such bonds, and the interest thereon shall become payable. However, the whole of the principal of such bonds and the interest thereon shall be payable within 20 years, and the interest on such bonds shall not exceed the rate permitted in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as now or hereafter amended. The interest may be made payable at such times (annually or semi-annually) as the ordinance or resolution may prescribe. In case the corporate authorities provide for such payment by the issuance of bonds, they shall make provision at or before the issuance thereof, by ordinance or by resolution in the case of a township, which shall be irrepealable, for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within such city, village, incorporated town or township sufficient to meet the principal and interest of the bonds as they mature, which tax shall be in addition to that otherwise authorized to be levied and collected for corporate purposes.
    If, however, the corporate authorities do not provide that the bonds of the city, village, incorporated town or township be issued, but otherwise approve the action of the library board, then the library board shall divide the total cost of constructing and financing a building, or remodeling, repairing, improving an existing library building or the erection of an addition thereto, or purchasing and financing a building, site or equipment, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or any or all of these things, into as many parts as the trustees determine to spread the collection thereof, and shall certify the amount of one of these parts to the corporate authorities each year during the term over which the have determined to spread the collection. This action by the library Board shall be irrepealable. The library board shall specify in its certificate the portion, if any, of the amount to be included in the annual appropriation and library tax levy, and the amount of the special tax required to pay the same as has been approved by the voters.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/5-3

    (75 ILCS 5/5-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-3)
    Sec. 5-3. The corporate authorities on receiving the certificate of the board of library trustees, as provided in Section 5-2, shall, in its next annual appropriation ordinance or resolution, include the amount so certified, and shall, for the amount so certified levy and collect a tax to pay such with the other general taxes of the city, village, incorporated town or township, and the proceeds of such tax shall be paid over by the officer charged with the collection thereof to the board of trustees of such library in cities, villages and incorporated towns having a population of 50,000 inhabitants or less to be applied by such board of trustees to the purpose for which such tax was levied. Such levy shall not exceed .0833% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, in any one year, and shall not be levied for more than the number of years into which the library board, in those cases where bonds are not issued as provided in Section 5-2, has divided the cost of constructing a building, or remodeling, repairing, improving an existing library building or the erection of an addition thereto, or purchasing a site, building or equipment, or to acquire library materials such as books, periodicals, films, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or any or all of these things. When collected as provided in this Section the tax shall cease.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/5-4

    (75 ILCS 5/5-4) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-4)
    Sec. 5-4. The library board shall determine when it will proceed with the construction of a building, or with the purchase of a site or building, or with the remodeling, repairing, or improving of an existing library building, or the building of an addition thereto, or with the purchase of necessary equipment, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, or any or all of these things. The board may proceed at once or may determine to wait and allow the fund to accumulate. If the board determines to let the fund accumulate, it shall invest the money in good interest paying securities, such as are authorized by law for the investment of trust funds, there to remain until the same is needed for any or all of the purposes enumerated aforesaid. The board may contract to accomplish any or all of the purposes enumerated aforesaid, and may apply the proceeds of the tax as collected, toward payment therefor.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3362.)

75 ILCS 5/5-5

    (75 ILCS 5/5-5) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. When the board determines to commence the construction of the building or the remodeling, repairing or improving of an existing library building or the erection of an addition thereto, the purchase of the necessary equipment for such library, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, they may then revise the plan therefor or adopt a new plan and provide estimates of the costs thereof, and shall, when the cost is in excess of $20,000, advertise for bids for the construction of the building, or the remodeling, repairing or improving of an existing library building or the erection of an addition thereto, or the purchase of the necessary equipment for such library, or the acquisition of library materials such as books, periodicals, recordings and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, and shall let the contract or contracts for the same, when the cost is in excess of $20,000, to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders.
    The board shall not be required to accept a bid that does not meet the library's established specifications, terms of delivery, quality, and serviceability requirements. Contracts which, by their nature, are not adapted to award by competitive bidding, are not subject to competitive bidding, including, but not limited to:
        (1) contracts for the services of individuals
    
possessing a high degree of professional skill where the ability or fitness of the individual plays an important part;
        (2) contracts for the printing of finance committee
    
reports and departmental reports;
        (3) contracts for the printing or engraving of
    
bonds, tax warrants and other evidences of indebtedness;
        (4) contracts for the maintenance or servicing of,
    
or provision of repair parts for, equipment which are made with the manufacturer or authorized service agent of that equipment where the provision of parts, maintenance, or servicing can best be performed by the manufacturer or authorized service agent;
        (5) purchases and contracts for the use, purchase,
    
delivery, movement, or installation of data processing equipment, software, or services and telecommunications and interconnect equipment, software, and services;
        (6) contracts for duplicating machines and supplies;
        (7) contracts for utility services such as water,
    
light, heat, telephone or telegraph;
        (8) contracts for goods or services procured from
    
another governmental agency;
        (9) purchases of equipment previously owned by some
    
entity other than the library itself; and
        (10) contracts for goods or services which are
    
economically procurable from only one source, such as for the purchase of magazines, books, periodicals, pamphlets, and reports.
    Contracts for emergency expenditures are also exempt from competitive bidding when the emergency expenditure is approved by 3/4 of the members of the board.
    The board shall require from such bidders security for the performance of the bids determined by the board pursuant to law. The board may let the contract or contracts to one or more bidders, as they shall determine.
(Source: P.A. 98-952, eff. 1-1-15.)

75 ILCS 5/5-6

    (75 ILCS 5/5-6) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-6)
    Sec. 5-6. If the trustees deem it best, in order to provide and secure the necessary money to do any or all of the things they are authorized to do in and by this Article, they may with the approval of the corporate authorities at any time borrow money and execute a mortgage on an existing library building or site owned or being purchased, or on a library building being constructed, for an amount not exceeding 75% of the value thereof as improved, and the money so obtained shall be used exclusively for the purchase of a site or a building or for the construction of a building for library purposes or for the remodeling, repairing or improving of such existing library building or building of an addition thereto or for the erection of a new library building or for purchase and improvement of a site or building adjoining or adjacent to the existing site and building or the purchase of necessary equipment for such library, as provided in the plan. The proceeds of any special tax levied under Section 5-3 may be applied in whole or in part in payment of any mortgage indebtedness so incurred. The levy of a tax hereunder for the purpose of meeting such mortgage and interest, or the principal and interest on bonds issued hereunder, or for the accumulation of a fund as hereinabove provided, shall not be included in the aggregate amount of taxes as limited by Division 3 of Article 8 of the Illinois Municipal Code nor shall it affect any appropriation made, or to be made, for the support of the library. This Section shall not apply to any city having over 500,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/5-7

    (75 ILCS 5/5-7) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-7)
    Sec. 5-7. No city, village, township or incorporated town is authorized to levy the tax provided for in this Article unless it first adopts an ordinance, or resolution in the case of a township authorizing the levy of such tax, certifies to the proper election officials the proposition for the approval of such tax and such election officials submit the proposition to the voters of such city, village, township or incorporated town, as the case may be, at a regular election and such proposition is approved by a majority of such voters voting upon the question; the proposition shall state the tax, and the purpose thereof as established by the ordinance or resolution. However, in any city, village, township or incorporated town in which a majority of the voters voting upon the question have, subsequent to January 1, 1969, approved any such ordinance or resolution providing for the issuance of bonds pursuant to Section 5-2 of this Act at a coupon rate of less than 7% per annum, the corporate authorities of any such city, village, township or incorporated town are authorized to, and may, before January 1, 1972, issue such bonds, or any part thereof, so approved at a coupon rate that does not exceed 7% per annum and such corporate authorities are authorized to adopt an ordinance or resolution authorizing the levy of the tax provided for in this Article without submitting such ordinance or resolution to the voters of such city, village, township or incorporated town for approval.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

75 ILCS 5/5-8

    (75 ILCS 5/5-8) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-8)
    Sec. 5-8. The library board of any public library organized under the provisions of this Act may accumulate and set apart, as reserve funds, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental and repair of buildings acquired for library purposes, and for planned or emergency repairs and alterations of library buildings and equipment, the unexpended balances of the proceeds annually received from taxes not to excess of the statutory limits, provided the library board in its annual appropriation determination to the corporate authorities specifies that a specific fund is to be or is being accumulated for this purpose and has further resolved to develop and adopt a plan or plans pursuant to this Article. The plan required herein will be developed in general form within 2 years of the adoption of the ordinance establishing a special reserve fund; such plan subsequently may be amended as circumstances may require. No plan is needed for the emergency expenditures from this fund for the repair of an existing library building or its equipment.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/5-9

    (75 ILCS 5/5-9) (from Ch. 81, par. 5-9)
    Sec. 5-9. Nothing in this Article 5 shall be construed as limiting or affecting in any way the powers of boards of trustees of township libraries under the Township Library Bond Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)