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

75 ILCS 5/Art. 1

 
    (75 ILCS 5/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

75 ILCS 5/1-0.1

    (75 ILCS 5/1-0.1) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-0.1)
    Sec. 1-0.1. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Local Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

75 ILCS 5/1-1

    (75 ILCS 5/1-1) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. For the purposes of this Act the term "corporate authorities" means, as applied to cities, villages and incorporated towns, the corporate authorities as defined in Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, and, as applied to townships, the Township Board of Trustees. The terms "board", "board of trustees" or "board of library trustees" means any Board of Library Trustees of a city, village, incorporated town or township.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/1-2

    (75 ILCS 5/1-2) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-2)
    Sec. 1-2. Public libraries may be established under this Act by cities by action of the corporate authorities and by villages, incorporated towns and townships by vote of the legal voters thereof in the manner provided in Article 2, except that after December 31, 1987, no public library may be established under the provisions of this Act if any part of the city, village, incorporated town or township lies within an existing public library territory or district established under the provisions of this Act or The Illinois Public Library District Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/1-3

    (75 ILCS 5/1-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-3)
    Sec. 1-3. Every library established under this Act shall be forever for the use of the residents and taxpayers of the city, village, incorporated town or township where located, subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as the library board may adopt in order to render the use of the library of the greatest benefit to the greatest number of such residents and taxpayers.
(Source: P.A. 85-788.)

75 ILCS 5/1-4

    (75 ILCS 5/1-4) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-4)
    Sec. 1-4. Any public library established under Division 48.1 of Article 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended, or "An Act to authorize townships to establish and maintain free public libraries and reading rooms", approved March 7, 1872, as amended, shall be treated as libraries established under this Act and shall be subject to the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 1402.)

75 ILCS 5/1-5

    (75 ILCS 5/1-5) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. The corporate authorities may provide for suitable penalties for persons committing injury upon a library or the grounds or other property thereof and for injury to or failure to return any library material belonging to the library.
(Source: P.A. 78-426.)

75 ILCS 5/1-6

    (75 ILCS 5/1-6) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-6)
    Sec. 1-6. Any person or persons desiring to make donations of money, personal property or real estate, for the benefit of any library, may vest title to the donation in the board of library trustees receiving the donation, to be held and controlled by such trustees when accepted according to the terms of the deed, gift, devise, or bequest of such donation. Such board of library trustees shall be held and considered to be a special trustee of such donated property.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/1-7

    (75 ILCS 5/1-7) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-7)
    Sec. 1-7. Each library subject to this Act is subject to the provisions of The Library Records Confidentiality Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-179.)

75 ILCS 5/Art. 2

 
    (75 ILCS 5/Art. 2 heading)
ARTICLE 2. METHOD OF CREATION

75 ILCS 5/2-1

    (75 ILCS 5/2-1) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-1)
    Sec. 2-1. To provide local public institutions of general education for citizens of Illinois, the corporate authorities of any city may establish and maintain a public library for the use and benefit of the residents of the city and may, subject to the limitations of Article 3, levy a tax for library purposes.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/2-2

    (75 ILCS 5/2-2) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-2)
    Sec. 2-2. To provide local public institutions of general education for citizens of Illinois, the citizens residing in a village, incorporated town or township without local library service may establish and maintain a public library for the use and benefit of the residents of the respective village, incorporated town or township as herein provided.
    Upon the adoption of an ordinance by the governing body of an incorporated town, village, or township or when 100 legal voters of any incorporated town, village or township present a petition to the clerk thereof asking for the establishment and maintenance of a public library in such incorporated town, village or township, the clerk shall certify the question of whether to establish and maintain a public library to the proper election authorities who shall submit the question at a regular election in accordance with the general election law.
    The petition shall specify the maximum library tax rate, if the rate is to be in excess of .15%. In no case shall the rate specified in the petition be in excess of .60% of the value as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall a public library be established    YES
and maintained in (name of incorporated  ---------------------
town, village or township)?                  NO
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    If the petition specified a maximum tax rate in excess of the statutory maximum tax rate of .15%, the proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall a public library be
established and maintained in (name of
incorporated town, village or township),     YES
with a maximum annual public library tax ---------------------
rate at. % of the value of all taxable       NO
property as equalized and assessed by the
Department of Revenue?
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    If the majority of all votes cast in the incorporated town, village or township on the proposition are in favor of a public library, an annual tax may be levied for the establishment and maintenance of such library, subject to the limitations of Article 3.
(Source: P.A. 94-681, eff. 11-3-05.)

75 ILCS 5/2-3

    (75 ILCS 5/2-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-3)
    Sec. 2-3. Whenever the petition signed and filed with the clerk of an incorporated town, village or township requests the holding of a referendum for the purpose of voting upon the question of establishing and maintaining a public library as provided in Section 2-2, or for voting upon the question of increasing or ceasing to levy the tax therefor as provided in Section 3-4, the clerk shall certify the Resolution and the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in such incorporated town, village or township in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/2-4

    (75 ILCS 5/2-4) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-4)
    Sec. 2-4. In the event a village not under a commission form of government converts to a commission form of government or becomes a city, or a village or city under a commission form of government changes to a village or city not under a commission form of government, the incumbent board of library trustees of the village or the city board of library trustees of the city, as the case may be, shall thereupon become the library trustees of the village or city, whichever is the form of the new municipal governmental organization, and shall serve as such until the term of office for which each had been elected or appointed expires, and until his successor has been elected or appointed according to law and has qualified for such office. Thereafter, new or additional library trustees shall be elected or appointed, or the number of trustees reduced, so that the number of trustees holding office at any one time shall conform as nearly as is practicable to the number of library trustees required by law for the particular city or village as it is organized after changing its form or classification of municipal government.
    The ceiling upon the annual public library tax existing prior to the conversion or change in form of municipal government and any special tax previously authorized by the electors shall be applicable after the conversion or change.
    Any existing bond issue and the special tax therefor shall not be affected by such conversion or change and shall continue in full force and effect under the law governing such bond issue and special tax.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/2-5

    (75 ILCS 5/2-5) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-5)
    Sec. 2-5. In the event the voters approve of a merger of 2 or more cities, or villages, or incorporated towns or townships, a merger of the affected public libraries shall also occur as follows:
    Where the merger affects a city, village, incorporated town or township without a public library and one with a public library, then the existing board of library trustees shall, upon the merger, exercise its powers and duties under this Act, as amended, over the merged territory, and this Act, as amended, shall govern the merged territory.
    Where the merger affects 2 or more cities, villages, incorporated towns or townships, each with a public library, then the existing boards of library trustees shall be merged into one new board, and the new board shall thereupon exercise its powers and duties under this Act, as amended, over the merged territory and this Act, as amended, shall govern the merged territory. Such board members shall serve out their respective terms, but as their respective terms expire, successors shall be elected or appointed, as the case may be, only in the case where it is necessary to provide a normal membership for a new board.
    In every merger, the board whose territory is being expanded, or the board being merged, shall take such action as is necessary to effectuate the merger approved by the voters, and shall by resolution specify the effective date thereof. In addition, the new library board shall acquire the assets and assume the liabilities of the predecessor library board or boards.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/2-6

    (75 ILCS 5/2-6) (from Ch. 81, par. 2-6)
    Sec. 2-6. A public library established by any city, village or incorporated town under this Act may be disestablished if the library has no bonded indebtedness and the municipality is wholly included within a township which has a library established under this Act. Disestablishment may be effected in the following manner:
    When 25% but not less than 100 of the voters of the city, village, or incorporated town present a petition to the clerk thereof asking for the disestablishment of the public library, the clerk shall certify the question of whether or not the public library shall be disestablished to the proper election authorities who shall submit the question at a regular election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the ........            YES
library be                   ---------------------------------
disestablished?                   NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the library shall be disestablished. If less than a majority of the votes are in favor of the proposition, the disestablishment shall not occur.
    If the disestablishment is authorized under this Section, the board of trustees of the library shall immediately proceed to close up the business of the library. If a vacancy occurs on the board before all of the business affairs are completed, the vacancy shall not be filled except that if all positions become vacant, the corporate authorities of the incorporated town, village, or city concerned shall act as the board to close up the business of the library. In closing up the affairs of the library, the board shall sell all property and equipment of the library and pay all debts and obligations; however, if the city, village or incorporated town whose public library is being disestablished is wholly within a township or townships having a township library or township libraries, the board or boards of which agree to assume all debts and obligations of the library being disestablished, all remaining property and equipment may be transferred to the township library.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/2-7

    (75 ILCS 5/2-7)
    Sec. 2-7. Dissolution for failure to perform duties.
    (a) If the board of trustees of a public library established under this Act has failed to perform its duties and functions under this Act, then a petition for dissolution that is signed by at least 1% of the electors in the municipality or township may be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the public library, or the predominant portion thereof, is located. The petition must (i) clearly define the territory embraced in such public library, (ii) set forth the name of the public library, and (iii) set forth sufficient facts establishing that, within the 3-year period immediately prior to the filing of the petition, the board of trustees:
        (1) failed to hold regular meetings of the board;
        (2) failed to pass an annual appropriation ordinance
    
or to levy taxes for the purposes of the district; or
        (3) failed to perform the duties and functions
    
imposed by law.
    (b) Upon the filing of a petition under subsection (a), the circuit judge shall set a date and time for a judicial hearing on the petition. At least 20 days prior to the hearing date, the clerk of the circuit court shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing by publication in one or more daily or weekly newspapers having a general circulation within the municipality or township.
    (c) If, at the hearing under subsection (b), the circuit judge finds that the petition meets the requirements of subsection (a) and that the allegations set forth in the petition are true, then he or she shall enter an order dissolving the public library. If the public library is dissolved by the circuit court under this Section, then the affairs of the public library must be disposed of in the manner as provided in this Act.
    (d) Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the duly elected members of a board of trustees of a library established under this Act may meet and appoint a sufficient number of persons to establish a quorum to conduct business. Those appointed shall serve as though elected and hold office only until the next regularly scheduled election for library trustee.
(Source: P.A. 96-500, eff. 8-14-09.)

75 ILCS 5/Art. 3

 
    (75 ILCS 5/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3. TAXATION

75 ILCS 5/3-1

    (75 ILCS 5/3-1) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-1)
    Sec. 3-1. In any city of 500,000 or fewer inhabitants, the corporate authorities shall levy a tax for library purposes of not to exceed .15% of the value of all the taxable property in the city, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. If the annual public library tax rate of an established library was increased above .12% up to .20% prior to 1972 as provided in this Act, the corporate authorities shall then levy up to an additional .03% above the increased rate approved at the election. If, however, the corporate authorities desire to increase the tax rate but not in excess of .60% of value for such purposes, the corporate authorities may, by ordinance, stating the tax rate desired, direct that a proposition be submitted to the voters of the city at any regular election. The proposition shall be in substantially the form prescribed in Section 3-3. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the corporate authorities may thereafter levy annually a tax for library purposes at the authorized increased rate. Any tax levied pursuant to Section 3-9 shall be disregarded in applying the provisions of this Section.
    The corporate authorities may also levy an additional tax of .02% of the value of all the taxable property in the city, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental of buildings required for library purposes, and for maintenance, repairs and alterations of library buildings and equipment. In any year in which the corporate authorities propose to levy such additional .02% tax, the corporate authorities shall adopt a resolution determining to levy such tax. Within 15 days after the adoption of the resolution, it shall be published at least once in one or more newspapers published in the city, or if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation within the city. In a city in which no newspaper is published, publication may instead be made by posting a notice in three prominent places within the city. The publication or posting of the resolution shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the resolution be submitted to the electors of the city; (2) the time in which the petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The city clerk shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If no petition is filed with the corporate authorities within 30 days after publication or posting of the resolution, or if all petitions so filed are determined to be invalid or insufficient the city shall then be authorized to levy the tax. However, if within the 30 day period, a petition is filed with the corporate authorities, signed by electors of the city equal in number to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters in the city, asking that the question of levying such a .02% tax be submitted to the electors of the city, the question shall be submitted at an election. Notice of this referendum shall be given as provided by the general election laws of the state, and the referendum shall be held in all respects in accordance with those laws. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form: "Shall the corporate authorities of (name of city) be authorized to levy an additional tax of ....% for the construction of buildings, provision of sites, etc., as determined by resolution dated (insert date)?". If a majority of votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the corporate authorities may levy the additional tax.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

75 ILCS 5/3-2

    (75 ILCS 5/3-2) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-2)
    Sec. 3-2. The corporate authorities of any city of over 500,000 population may levy a tax for library maintenance and operation for the years 1970 and 1971 of not to exceed .10% and for the years thereafter of not to exceed .12% of the value of all taxable property in the city, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The corporate authorities may also levy an additional tax of .02% of the value of all the taxable property in the city, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental of buildings required for library purposes, and for maintenance, repairs and alterations of library buildings and equipment. If, however, the corporate authorities desire to levy a tax for any year after 1971 in excess of .12% but not in excess of .20% of value for library maintenance and operation, the corporate authorities may, by ordinance, stating the tax rate desired, cause a proposition for an assent thereto to be submitted to the voters of the city at a general election to be held in November of even numbered years. The proposition shall be in substantially the form prescribed in Section 3-3. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the corporate authorities may thereafter levy annually a tax for library maintenance and operation at the authorized increased rate. Any tax levied pursuant to Section 3-9 shall be disregarded in applying the provision of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 81-1509.)

75 ILCS 5/3-3

    (75 ILCS 5/3-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-3)
    Sec. 3-3. The corporate authorities shall adopt an ordinance providing for submitting the question of increasing the library tax for maintenance and operation at such general election and the municipal clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at a general election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the annual library tax         YES
 for maintenance and operation
 in (insert name of city) be       ---------------------------
 increased from (insert present
 tax) to (insert proposed tax)?         NO
--------------------------------------------------------------
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

75 ILCS 5/3-4

    (75 ILCS 5/3-4) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-4)
    Sec. 3-4. When the electors of an incorporated town, village or township have voted to establish and maintain a public library as provided in Section 2-2, the corporate authorities of such incorporated town, village or township shall levy an annual tax for the establishment and maintenance of such library, not exceeding .15% of the value as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. If the petition and ballots so specify in the original establishment as set forth in Section 2-2 of this Act, the corporate authorities may levy a tax in excess of .15%, not to exceed the rate specified in such establishment petition and ballot, but in any event not to exceed .60% of the value as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue. If the annual public library tax rate of an established library was increased above .12% up to .20% prior to 1972 as provided in this Act, the corporate authorities shall then levy up to an additional .03% above the increased rate approved at the referendum. Such tax rate may be increased to not to exceed .60% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, or the excess tax shall no longer be levied, if the electors of such incorporated town, village or township shall so determine by referendum at any regular election. Such referendum shall be petitioned for in the manner as the referendum for the establishment and maintenance of the library. Any tax levied pursuant to Section 3-9 shall be disregarded in applying the provisions of this Section.
    The corporate authorities may also levy an additional tax of .02% of the value of all the taxable property in the incorporated town, village or township, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental of buildings required for library purposes, and for maintenance, repairs and alterations of library buildings and equipment. In any year in which the corporate authorities propose to levy such additional .02% tax, the corporate authorities shall adopt a resolution determining to levy such tax. Within 15 days after the adoption of the resolution, it shall be published at least once in one or more newspapers published in the incorporated town, village or township, or if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation therein. In an incorporated town, village or township in which no newspaper is published, publication may instead be made by posting a notice in three prominent places. The publication or posting of the resolution shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the resolution be submitted to the electors of the incorporated town, village or township; (2) the time in which the petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The clerk of the incorporated town, village or township, shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If no petition is filed with the corporate authorities within 30 days after publication or posting of the resolution, the incorporated town, village or township shall then be authorized to levy the tax. However, if within the 30 day period, a petition is filed with the corporate authorities, signed by electors of the incorporated town, village or township equal in number to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters in the incorporated town, village or township, asking that the question of levying such a .02% tax be submitted to the electors thereof, the question shall be submitted at a special or general election. Notice of this election shall be given as provided by the general election laws of this state in force at the time of the election, and the election shall be held in all respects in accordance with those laws. The ballot on which the proposition is submitted shall be in substantially the following form: "Shall the corporate authorities of (name of incorporated town, village or township) be authorized to levy an additional tax of ...% for the construction of buildings, provision of sites, etc., as determined by resolution dated (insert date)?". If a majority of votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof, the corporate authorities may levy the additional tax.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

75 ILCS 5/3-5

    (75 ILCS 5/3-5) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-5)
    Sec. 3-5. The library taxes provided for in this Act shall be levied by the corporate authorities in the amounts determined by the board and collected in like manner with other general taxes of the city, village, incorporated town or township and the proceeds shall be deposited in a special fund, which shall be known as the library fund. In townships and in cities, villages and incorporated towns having a population of 50,000 or less the proceeds of any such tax shall be paid over by the officer charged with the collection thereof to the board of trustees of the library. Expenditures from the library fund shall be under the direction of the board of library trustees.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/3-6

    (75 ILCS 5/3-6) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-6)
    Sec. 3-6. The library taxes provided for in this Article are in addition to all other taxes or tax rates authorized to be levied by any city, incorporated town, village or township and shall not be a part of the taxes making up any rate prescribed as a limitation on the amount of taxes any city, incorporated town, village or township may levy.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 2717.)

75 ILCS 5/3-7

    (75 ILCS 5/3-7) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-7)
    Sec. 3-7. (1) When a municipality levies a tax under this Article, which municipality is situated wholly or partly in a township which also levies a tax under this Article, the levy and collection of the library taxes are subject to these provisions: (a) If a city, village or incorporated town which levies a tax under this Article is located in a county of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants and is situated wholly or partly in a township which levies a tax under this Article, such township may proceed as follows unless the authority to levy a library tax in the area which lies in both the municipality and the township has been determined under subsection (c). The township may cause an abatement in full of the township library tax on property subject to such tax as also lies within a city, village or incorporated town which also levies a library tax for the same year. However, such township may instead pay to such city, village or incorporated town the entire amount collected for such township from taxes levied under this Article on property subject to a tax which such city, village or incorporated town levies under this Article.
    Whenever any city, village or incorporated town receives any payments from a township as provided in this Section, such city, village or incorporated town shall reduce and abate from the tax levied by the authority of this Article a rate which would produce an amount equal to the amount received from such township.
    (b) If a city, village or incorporated town which levies a tax under this Article is located in a county of 1,000,000 or more inhabitants and is situated wholly or partly in a township which levies a tax under this Article, such township shall proceed as follows unless the authority to levy a library tax in the area which lies in both the municipality and the township has been determined under subsection (c). The township shall cause an abatement in full of the township library tax on property subject to such tax as also lies within a city, village or incorporated town which also levies a library tax for the same year. However, such city, village, or incorporated town shall, upon collection of its library tax on such property, pay 1/2 of the collections to the township for library purposes.
    (c) If any part of a city, village or incorporated town which levies a tax under this Article is situated within a township which levies a tax under this Article, the corporate authorities of the municipality or township may cause the question of which such tax shall be applicable in that area which is situated in both the municipality and township to be submitted to the electors of such area at any regular election. The question shall be certified to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the area which lies in both (insert name
of municipality) and (insert name of township) be
subject to taxation for library purposes by (insert
name of municipality) or by (insert name of township)?
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    By (insert name of municipality)
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    By (insert name of township)
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    After such election, library taxes under this Article shall be levied and collected in such area only by the governmental unit which received the larger number of votes cast in such election.
    (2) If a city, village, incorporated town or township which levies a tax under this Article is situated wholly or partly in a library district which levies a tax under "The Illinois Public Library District Act", such city, village, incorporated town or township shall pay to such library district the entire amount collected for such entity from library taxes levied under this Article upon taxable property within such library district.
    Whenever any library district receives any payments from any city, village, incorporated town or township as provided in this Section, such library district shall reduce and abate from the library tax levied by the authority of "The Illinois Public Library District Act" on property which is subject to taxation for library purposes by both the district and the municipality or township a rate which would produce an amount equal to the amount received by such library district.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/3-8

    (75 ILCS 5/3-8) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-8)
    Sec. 3-8. In the event the voters approve of a merger of 2 or more cities, or villages, or incorporated towns or townships and the merger affects one or more public libraries the library taxes levied before such merger, shall continue to be levied and collected for library purposes. The ceiling on the annual tax for the maintenance of the public library resulting from the merger shall be at a rate not higher than any lawful rate authorized to be extended before the merger in any of the merged areas.
(Source: P.A. 79-363.)

75 ILCS 5/3-9

    (75 ILCS 5/3-9) (from Ch. 81, par. 3-9)
    Sec. 3-9. For the purpose of providing money to establish and replenish a local library working cash fund authorized by Section 4-13, corporate authorities shall have the power to levy, upon all the taxable property of a city, village, incorporated town or township, a tax not to exceed .05% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for the year in which the levy is made. The tax shall be levied and collected in like manner with other general taxes of the city, village, incorporated town or township but the collection of the tax shall not be anticipated by the issuance of any warrants drawn against the tax. The tax shall be known as the local library working cash fund tax and shall be set apart in a special fund as prescribed in Section 4-13. Whenever a tax is first levied under this Section, any taxpayer in the city, village, incorporated town or township may, within 30 days after the levy is made, file with the corporate authorities a petition signed by voters of the city, village, incorporated town or township equal in number to 10% or more of the registered voters of the city, village, incorporated town or township requesting the submission of a proposition to the voters of the city, village, incorporated town or township at an election in accordance with the general election law. The corporate authority shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor thereof the tax shall thereafter be authorized; if a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are against the proposition the tax shall not be levied.
    No municipality or township may levy a tax under this Section for more than four years but the four years for which any municipality or township elects to levy such tax need not be consecutive.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

75 ILCS 5/Art. 4

 
    (75 ILCS 5/Art. 4 heading)
ARTICLE 4. TRUSTEES

75 ILCS 5/4-1

    (75 ILCS 5/4-1) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-1)
    Sec. 4-1. When the corporate authorities of a city establish a public library, the mayor shall, with the approval of the city council, appoint a board of 9 trustees chosen from city residents with reference to their fitness for such office. Not more than one member of the city council shall be at any one time a member of the library board.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-1.1

    (75 ILCS 5/4-1.1) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-1.1)
    Sec. 4-1.1. Term of office; removal.
    (a) The first library trustees of a city shall hold office as follows: one-third shall serve for one year, one-third for 2 years, and one-third for 3 years, from the first of July following their appointment. At their first regular meeting, those trustees shall cast lots for the respective terms. Annually thereafter the mayor shall, before the first of July of each year, appoint as before 3 trustees to take the place of the retiring trustees. The trustees appointed by the mayor shall hold office for 3 years and until their successors are appointed.
    (b) The mayor may remove any trustee in the manner provided in Section 3.1-35-10 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)

75 ILCS 5/4-2

    (75 ILCS 5/4-2) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-2)
    Sec. 4-2. In villages under the commission form of government, the village council at its first regular meeting following the election establishing a public library, shall appoint a board of library trustees of 6 members who are village residents, 2 to hold until the first regular meeting of the next succeeding fiscal year, 2 to hold for one year thereafter and 2 to hold for 2 years thereafter. The respective successors of the initial appointees shall be appointed for 6 year terms and shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified.
    Any board may provide by resolution that the term of its trustees shall be 4 years. If the board adopts such a resolution, then at the time the next appointments are made, one trustee shall be appointed for a 2 year term.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-3

    (75 ILCS 5/4-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-3)
    Sec. 4-3. The election of the 7 trustees for the first board of library trustees shall be held at the time of the library establishment election. If a majority of the votes cast in any incorporated town or village (except a village under the commission form of government) on the proposition pursuant to Section 2-2 are in favor of the establishment of a public library, the 7 persons who receive, for the respective terms designated on the ballot, the highest number of votes for library trustees cast at such election shall constitute the board of library trustees. Two of these terms shall be until the next election held in an odd-numbered year in the incorporated town, village or township, 2 shall be until the second such election after the election establishing the library, and 3 shall be until the third such election after the election establishing the library. The trustees so elected shall serve until their successors are duly elected and qualified in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/4-3.1

    (75 ILCS 5/4-3.1) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-3.1)
    Sec. 4-3.1. As the terms of the library trustees elected in any incorporated town or village expire, (except a village under the commission form of government) their successors shall be elected in accordance with the general election law to hold their office for 6 years until their successors are elected and qualified.
    Any board may provide by resolution that the term of its trustees shall be 4 years. If the board adopts such a resolution, then if 3 trustees are to be elected at the next election or if 2 trustees are to be elected at each of the next 2 elections, one of the trustees elected at the first election, to be determined by lot at the first meeting after that election, shall serve a 2 year term.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/4-3.2

    (75 ILCS 5/4-3.2) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-3.2)
    Sec. 4-3.2. The election of the 7 trustees for the first board of library trustees shall be held at the time of the library establishment election. The 7 persons who receive, for their respective terms designated on the ballot, the highest number of votes for library trustees cast at such election shall constitute the board of library trustees. Of the 7 trustees elected, 4 shall serve terms of 4 years, and 3 shall serve terms of 2 years. As the terms of the library trustees elected in any township expire, their successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years. Trustees shall serve for 4 years and until their successors are elected and have qualified.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/4-3.3

    (75 ILCS 5/4-3.3) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-3.3)
    Sec. 4-3.3. Nominations for the position of library trustee including the first board of library trustees shall be by petition, signed by at least 25 legal voters residing in the incorporated town or village (except a village under the commission form of government) or township and filed with the clerk of such incorporated town, village, or township within the time prescribed by the general election law. Such clerk shall certify the candidates for library trustees to the proper election authorities who shall conduct the election in accordance with the general election law. All candidates must be residents of the incorporated town, village or township involved. The ballots shall not designate any political party, platform or political principle.
(Source: P.A. 95-65, eff. 1-1-08.)

75 ILCS 5/4-4

    (75 ILCS 5/4-4) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-4)
    Sec. 4-4. Vacancies shall be declared in the office of trustee by the board when the elected or appointed trustee declines or is unable to serve, or is absent without cause from all regular board meetings for a period of one year, or is convicted of a misdemeanor for failing, neglecting, or refusing to discharge any duty imposed upon a trustee by this Act, or becomes a nonresident of the city, village, incorporated town, or township, or who fails to pay the library taxes levied by the corporate authorities. Vacancies shall also be declared in the office of trustee by the board when, at the election of the first board of library trustees or at any subsequent election, there are not sufficient trustees elected to fill an entire board of 7 trustees.
    Vacancies in the board of trustees in a city or a village under the commission form of government shall be reported to the mayor or president and be filled in like manner as original appointments.
    If a vacancy occurs in the board of trustees in any incorporated town or village (other than a village under the commission form of government) or in any township, the vacancy may be filled by the remaining trustees until the next regular library election at which library trustees are scheduled to be elected under the consolidated schedule of elections in the general election law, at which election a trustee shall be elected to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. If, however, the vacancy occurs with less than 28 months remaining in the term, and if the vacancy occurs less than 88 days before the next regular scheduled election for this office, then the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. If there is a failure to appoint a library trustee or a failure to elect a library trustee, or if the person elected or appointed fails to qualify for office, the trustee may continue in office if available and qualified until his successor has been elected or appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled forthwith.
(Source: P.A. 87-424.)

75 ILCS 5/4-5

    (75 ILCS 5/4-5) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-5)
    Sec. 4-5. Trustees shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties from library funds.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-6

    (75 ILCS 5/4-6) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-6)
    Sec. 4-6. Within 60 days after their election or appointment, the trustees shall take the oath of office and meet to organize the board. The required oath may be taken and subscribed before the Secretary or Secretary pro tempore of the library board, the County Clerk of the county containing all or a larger portion of the library, the Judge entering the order for the establishment referendum or before any other person authorized to administer oaths.
    The first action taken at the organizational meeting of the board shall be the election of a President and a Secretary and such other officers as the board may deem necessary, and the board shall further provide in the bylaws of the board as to the length of the terms in office. The trustees shall determine the time and place of all official meetings of the board at which any legal action may be taken and shall post notice thereof at the public library maintained by the board and at not less than one public place within the corporate confines of the area of library service one day in advance thereof.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/4-7

    (75 ILCS 5/4-7) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-7)
    Sec. 4-7. Each board of library trustees of a city, incorporated town, village or township shall carry out the spirit and intent of this Act in establishing, supporting and maintaining a public library or libraries for providing library service and, in addition to but without limiting other powers conferred by this Act, shall have the following powers:
        1. To make and adopt such bylaws, rules and
    
regulations, for their own guidance and for the government of the library as may be expedient, not inconsistent with this Act;
        2. To have the exclusive control of the expenditure
    
of all moneys collected for the library and deposited to the credit of the library fund;
        3. To have the exclusive control of the construction
    
of any library building and of the supervision, care and custody of the grounds, rooms or buildings constructed, leased or set apart for that purpose;
        4. To purchase or lease real or personal property,
    
and to construct an appropriate building or buildings for the use of a library established hereunder, using, at the board's option, contracts providing for all or part of the consideration to be paid through installments at stated intervals during a certain period not to exceed 20 years with interest on the unpaid balance at any lawful rate for municipal corporations in this State, except that contracts for installment purchases of real estate shall provide for not more than 75% of the total consideration to be repaid by installments, and to refund at any time any installment contract entered into pursuant to this paragraph by means of a refunding loan agreement, which may provide for installment payments of principal and interest to be made at stated intervals during a certain period not to exceed 20 years from the date of such refunding loan agreement, with interest on the unpaid principal balance at any lawful rate for municipal corporations in this State, except that no installment contract or refunding loan agreement for the same property or construction project may exceed an aggregate of 20 years;
        5. To remodel or reconstruct a building erected or
    
purchased by the board, when such building is not adapted to its purposes or needs;
        6. To sell or otherwise dispose of any real or
    
personal property that it deems no longer necessary or useful for library purposes, and to lease to others any real property not immediately useful but for which plans for ultimate use have been or will be adopted but the corporate authorities shall have the first right to purchase or lease except that in the case of the City of Chicago, this power shall be governed and limited by the Chicago Public Library Act;
        7. To appoint and to fix the compensation of a
    
qualified librarian, who shall have the authority to hire such other employees as may be necessary, to fix their compensation, and to remove such appointees, subject to the approval of the board, but these powers are subject to Division 1 of Article 10 of the Illinois Municipal Code in municipalities in which that Division is in force. The board may also retain counsel and professional consultants as needed;
        8. To contract with any public or private corporation
    
or entity for the purpose of providing or receiving library service or of performing any and all other acts necessary and proper to carry out the responsibilities, the spirit, and the provisions of this Act. This contractual power includes, but is not limited to, participating in interstate library compacts and library systems, contracting to supply library services, and expending of any federal or State funds made available to any county, municipality, township or to the State of Illinois for library purposes. However, if a contract is for the supply of library services for residents without a public library established under the provisions of this Act, the terms of that contract will recognize the principle of equity or cost of services to non-residents expressed in this Section of this Act, and will provide for the assumption by the contracting party receiving the services of financial responsibility for the loss of or damage to any library materials provided to non-residents under the contract;
        9. To join with the board or boards of any one or
    
more libraries in this State in maintaining libraries, or for the maintenance of a common library or common library services for participants, upon such terms as may be agreed upon by and between the boards;
        10. To enter into contracts and to take title to any
    
property acquired by it for library purposes by the name and style of "The Board of Library Trustees of the (city, village, incorporated town or township) of ...." and by that name to sue and be sued;
        11. To exclude from the use of the library any person
    
who wilfully violates the rules prescribed by the board;
        12. To extend the privileges and use of the library,
    
including the borrowing of materials on an individual basis by persons residing outside of the city, incorporated town, village or township. If the board exercises this power, the privilege of library use shall be upon such terms and conditions as the board shall from time to time by its regulations prescribe, and for such privileges and use, the board shall charge a nonresident fee at least equal to the cost paid by residents of the city, incorporated town, village or township, with the cost to be determined according to the formula established by the Illinois State Library. A person residing outside of a public library service area must apply for a non-resident library card at the public library located closest to the person's principal residence. The nonresident cards shall allow for borrowing privileges at all participating public libraries in the regional library system. The nonresident fee shall not apply to privilege and use provided under the terms of the library's membership in a library system operating under the provisions of the Illinois Library System Act, under the terms of any reciprocal agreement with a public or private corporation or entity providing a library service, or to a nonresident who as an individual or as a partner, principal stockholder, or other joint owner owns taxable property or is a senior administrative officer of a firm, business, or other corporation owning taxable property within the city, incorporated town, village or township upon the presentation of the most recent tax bill upon that taxable property, provided that the privilege and use of the library is extended to only one such nonresident for each parcel of such taxable property. Nothing in this item 12 requires any public library to participate in the non-resident card reciprocal borrowing program of a regional library system as provided for in this Section;
        13. To exercise the power of eminent domain subject
    
to the prior approval of the corporate authorities under Sections 5-1 and 5-2 of this Act;
        14. To join the public library as a member and to
    
join the library trustees as members in the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association, non-profit, non-political, 501(c)(3) associations, as designated by the federal Internal Revenue Service, having the purpose of library development and librarianship; to provide for the payment of annual membership dues, fees and assessments and act by, through and in the name of such instrumentality by providing and disseminating information and research services, employing personnel and doing any and all other acts for the purpose of improving library development;
        15. To invest funds pursuant to the Public Funds
    
Investment Act;
        16. To accumulate and set apart as reserve funds
    
portions of the unexpended balances of the proceeds received annually from taxes or other sources, for the purpose of providing self-insurance against liabilities relating to the public library.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 92-166, eff. 1-1-02.)

75 ILCS 5/4-7.05

    (75 ILCS 5/4-7.05)
    Sec. 4-7.05. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

75 ILCS 5/4-7.1

    (75 ILCS 5/4-7.1) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-7.1)
    Sec. 4-7.1. In addition to all other powers and authority now possessed by it, the board of library trustees shall have the following powers:
    (1) To lease from any public building commission created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, as now or hereafter amended, any real or personal property for library purposes for a period of time not exceeding 20 years;
    (2) To pay for the use of this leased property in accordance with the terms of the lease and with the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, as now or hereafter amended;
    (3) Such lease may be entered into without making a previous appropriation for the expense thereby incurred. However, if the board undertakes to pay all or any part of the costs of operating and maintaining the property of a public building commission as authorized in subparagraph (4) of this Section, such expenses of operation and maintenance shall be included in the annual budget of such board annually during the term of such undertaking;
    (4) In addition, the board may undertake, either in the lease with a public building commission or by separate agreement or contract with a public building commission, to pay all or any part of the costs of maintaining and operating the property of a public building commission for any period of time not exceeding 40 years.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-7.2

    (75 ILCS 5/4-7.2) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-7.2)
    Sec. 4-7.2. The board of library trustees shall establish, and review at least biennially, a written policy for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities. No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance with the written policy required to be established pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 85-751.)

75 ILCS 5/4-7.3

    (75 ILCS 5/4-7.3) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-7.3)
    Sec. 4-7.3. In municipalities of more than 500,000 population, the board of library trustees shall make available at various branches of the public library of the municipality applications for examination for and appointment to positions as firefighters or police on the regularly constituted fire or police department of such municipality. It is declared to be the law of this State, pursuant to paragraph (g) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution, that this Section is a denial of the power of a home rule unit to fail to make applications available as required by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 85-1342.)

75 ILCS 5/4-8

    (75 ILCS 5/4-8) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-8)
    Sec. 4-8. In cities of more than 500,000 population, the board of trustees shall be governed by the provisions of Division 10 of Article 8 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended, in relation to the letting of contracts and purchase orders in behalf of any library and the power, functions and authority of the purchasing agent, board of standardization and corporate authority in such cities.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-9

    (75 ILCS 5/4-9) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-9)
    Sec. 4-9. In townships and in cities, villages and incorporated towns having a population of 500,000 or less, the board of trustees shall require the treasurer of such board or such other person as may be designated as the custodian of the moneys paid over to such board to give a bond to be approved by such board and in such amount, not less than 50% of the total funds received by the library in the last fiscal year, conditioned that he will safely keep and pay over upon the order of such board all funds received and held by him for such board of trustees. For a library in a city, village, incorporated town or township, the board of library trustees may designate the treasurer of the corporate authority, or the supervisor in the case of a township, as the custodian of the library fund, and the bond given by the treasurer or the supervisor shall satisfy the bond requirements of this section when properly endorsed. The cost of any surety bond shall be borne by the library. As an alternative to a personal bond on the treasurer or custodian of funds, the board of trustees may require the treasurer or custodian to secure for the library an insurance policy or other insurance instrument that provides the library with coverage for negligent or intentional acts by library officials and employees that could result in the loss of library funds. The coverage shall be in an amount at least equal to 50% of the average amount of the library's operating fund from the prior 3 fiscal years. The coverage shall be placed with an insurer approved by the board. The cost of any such coverage shall be borne by the library. The library shall provide the Illinois State Library a copy of the library's certificate of insurance at the time the library's annual report is filed.
(Source: P.A. 97-101, eff. 1-1-12.)

75 ILCS 5/4-10

    (75 ILCS 5/4-10) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-10)
    Sec. 4-10. Within 60 days after the expiration of each fiscal year of the city, incorporated town, village or township, the board of trustees shall make a report of the condition of their trust on the last day of the fiscal year, to the city council, board of trustees or board of town trustees, as the case may be. This report shall be made in writing and shall be verified under oath by the secretary, or some other responsible officer of the board of trustees. It shall contain (1) an itemized statement of the various sums of money received from the library fund and from other sources; (2) an itemized statement of the objects and purposes for which those sums of money have been expended; (3) a statement of the number of books and periodicals available for use, and the number and character thereof circulated; (4) a statement of the real and personal property acquired by legacy, purchase, gift or otherwise; (5) a statement of the character of any extensions of library service which have been undertaken; (6) a statement of the financial requirements of the library for the ensuing fiscal year for inclusion in the appropriation of the corporate authority, and of the amount of money which, in the judgment of the board of library trustees, it will be necessary to levy for library purposes in the next annual tax levy ordinance; (7) a statement as to the amount of accumulations and the reasons therefor; (8) a statement as to any outstanding liabilities including those for bonds still outstanding or amounts due for judgments, settlements, liability insurance, or for amounts due under a certificate of the board; (9) any other statistics, information and suggestions that may be of interest. A report shall also be filed, at the same time, with the Illinois State Library. The board of trustees in a township shall also submit its appropriation and levy determinations to the Board of Township Trustees as provided in "The Illinois Municipal Budget Law", as amended.
(Source: P.A. 97-101, eff. 1-1-12.)

75 ILCS 5/4-11

    (75 ILCS 5/4-11) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-11)
    Sec. 4-11. The powers granted boards of trustees shall be suspended during any period that the city, incorporated town, village or township is included within any public library district established under "The Illinois Public Library District Act", as hereafter amended. However, such board shall exercise its powers as to any portion of a city, village, incorporated town or township which is not included within the district.
    The board shall, under a court order or law, provide for payment of its liabilities, transfer of its assets to and continuation of library services by the library district within which has been wholly included, a city, or village, or incorporated town or township.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-12

    (75 ILCS 5/4-12) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-12)
    Sec. 4-12. Whenever any historical society or other civic body or corporation, organized for the promotion of historical education, is maintaining a historical museum and library within the territory served by a public library subject to this Act, the board of trustees of such public library may participate in the maintenance of such historical museum and library upon such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon by the board of trustees of such public library and the governing board of such historical society or other civic body or corporation.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-13

    (75 ILCS 5/4-13) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-13)
    Sec. 4-13. A Board of Library Trustees may, by resolution, create and maintain a working cash fund, for the sole purpose of enabling the library board to have in its funds, at all times, sufficient money to meet demands thereon for ordinary and necessary and committed expenditures for library purposes.
    Such working cash fund shall be known as the local library working cash fund and may contain any amount deemed necessary by the Board to satisfy the purpose of the fund; provided, that the balance in the fund shall not at any time be allowed to exceed .2% of the full, fair cash value of all taxable property within the corporate limits, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue as of the year the fund is established or, if such fund is established after January 1, 1979, then for the year 1978. The money for such fund shall only accrue from the local library working cash fund tax authorized to be levied pursuant to Section 3-9. The Board may appropriate moneys to the Working cash fund up to the maximum amount allowable in the fund, and the working cash fund may receive such appropriations and any other contributions.
    Once the fund has been created, the proceeds shall be deposited in a special and separate fund, and may be carried over, from year to year without in any manner reducing or abating a future annual library tax levy. It shall be identified in the appropriation each year, but shall not be deemed as a current asset available for library purposes.
    The proceeds of such fund may be transferred from the local library working cash fund to the general library fund, and disbursed therefrom in anticipation of the collection of taxes lawfully levied for general library purposes or in anticipation of such taxes, as by law now or hereafter enacted or amended, imposed by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois. Such taxes when collected, and after payment of tax warrants, shall be drawn upon to reimburse the working cash fund.
(Source: P.A. 85-459.)

75 ILCS 5/4-13.1

    (75 ILCS 5/4-13.1) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-13.1)
    Sec. 4-13.1. A Board of Library Trustees may, by resolution, abolish a working cash fund established pursuant to Section 4-13 and direct the transfer of any balance in such fund, including any interest that has accrued, to the general library fund at the close of the fiscal year. However, if the board abolished a working cash fund under this provision, it shall not establish another working cash fund, unless establishment of the fund is approved by a majority of the voters of the city, village, incorporated town or township voting on the question at a referendum.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-14

    (75 ILCS 5/4-14) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-14)
    Sec. 4-14. A Board of Library Trustees may, by resolution, provide for (a) the payment, in the manner provided for in Section 9-104 of the "Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act", of any judgment for which it is liable; (b) the making of payments to settle or compromise a claim or action against the board; and (c) the contracting and payment of premiums for insurance against loss or liability, as provided in Section 9-103 of the "Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act".
    In addition, the board may include in the statement of financial requirements in its annual report to the corporate authorities the specific sums required to make the payments provided for in the first paragraph of this Section and the amount of any additional taxes it will be necessary to levy for those purposes. The corporate authorities may levy a tax for these purposes under Section 9-107 of the "Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-15

    (75 ILCS 5/4-15) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-15)
    Sec. 4-15. Appropriations for library purposes within the annual appropriation ordinance of the corporate authority, shall terminate with the close of the fiscal year of the library, except that any remaining balances shall be available for 90 days thereafter for the authorization of the payment and the payment of obligations incurred either before the close of the fiscal year or within the 90-day period thereafter. All balances remaining after such 90-day period shall be available for transfer to be accumulated under Sections 5-1 and 5-8 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-998.)

75 ILCS 5/4-16

    (75 ILCS 5/4-16) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-16)
    Sec. 4-16. When the board of trustees has determined to sell or otherwise dispose of real or personal property that it deems no longer necessary or useful for library purposes, such may be sold or disposed of at a public sale, but the corporate authorities shall have the first right to purchase such property for public or corporate purposes by meeting bids acceptable to the board.
    1. Personal property of any value may be donated or be sold to any other tax supported library or to any library system operating under the provisions of the Illinois Library System Act under such terms or conditions as the board may determine.
    2. Personal property having a unit value of $1,000 or less may be disposed of as the board may determine.
    3. Personal property having a unit value of more than $1,000 but less than $2,500 may be displayed at the library, and a public notice of its availability, the date and the terms of the proposed sale shall be posted.
    4. In all other cases, the board shall publish notice of the availability and location of the real or personal property and the date and terms of the proposed sale, giving such notice once each week for 2 successive weeks. Such notice shall be published in one or more newspapers published within the city, incorporated town, village or township, or, if there is no such newspaper, then at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the city, incorporated town, village, or township.
    On the day of a sale conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Section the board shall proceed with the sale and may sell such property for a price determined by the board, or, to the highest bidder. Where the board deems the bids inadequate, it may reject such bids and re-advertise the sale.
(Source: P.A. 84-770.)

75 ILCS 5/4-17

    (75 ILCS 5/4-17) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-17)
    Sec. 4-17. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

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)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-952)
    Sec. 5-5. When the directors determine 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 and may require from such bidders, such security for the performance of the bids as the board shall determine. The directors may let the contract or contracts to one or more bidders, as they shall determine.
(Source: P.A. 94-435, eff. 8-2-05.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-952)
    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.)