[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Horsham Township 10-9-2002 by Ord. No. 272. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the meaning subscribed below:
- The Horsham Township Council, the governing body of Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
- To be defined as set forth in the Pennsylvania Library Code.
- LIBRARY CODE
- The Pennsylvania Library Code, the Act of June 14, 1961, P.L. 324 (24 P.S. § 4401 et seq.), as amended.
- Includes individuals, corporations, firms, associations and their servants, agents or employees.
The Horsham Township Council does hereby declare its intent to create a free, public, nonsectarian library in Horsham Township to be known as the "Horsham Township Library," and designates the Horsham Township Library as the provider of public library service to the residents and taxpayers of Horsham Township for and on the behalf of Horsham Township in accordance with Section 415 of the Library Code. The Horsham Township Library shall be an integral part of Horsham Township.
Council agrees to support and assist in the maintenance of the Horsham Township Library in accordance with the provisions of Section 401 of the Library Code.
In accordance with Section 411 of the Library Code, Council hereby establishes a Library Board of Directors to be appointed by Council, subject to the following terms and conditions:
Appointment, terms and qualifications. The Library Board shall consist of five members who shall be appointed by Council. Members of the Library Board shall be residents of the Township. One of the initial five members appointed to the Library Board shall serve a term of one year, two of the initial five members appointed to the Library Board shall serve terms of two years, and the remaining two initial members of the Library Board shall serve terms of three years. All subsequent appointments to fill expired terms on the Library Board shall be for terms of three years. Any appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. All members shall serve until their successors are appointed.
Vacancies. If a vacancy shall occur on the Library Board for any reason, a majority of Council shall fill such vacancy by appointing a person qualified to hold such office for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Organization of Library Board. The Library Board of Directors shall organize as soon as possible after appointment by election of a President, Secretary and Treasurer from its membership, and such other officers and agents as the Board may deem necessary. The Treasurer shall give bond to the municipality, with satisfactory surety, in such amount as the Township Council may deem appropriate.
Compensation. The members of the Library Board shall serve without compensation.
Duties of the Library Board.
Rules and regulations. The Library Board shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary for carrying out the intent of this chapter. Such regulations for the planning, conducting and maintaining of a "free, public, nonsectarian library" for the residents of Horsham Township shall be vested in the members of the Library Board of Directors. In carrying out the provisions of this chapter, the Library Board may be guided by the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Library Development, the Library Code, and the regulations set forth in the Pennsylvania Code. The rules and regulations adopted hereunder by the Library Board shall not become effective until approved by Council.
Budgets and finance. All monies appropriated for the establishment or maintenance, or both, of a free, public, nonsectarian library as established by this chapter and all monies, if any, received from other sources for its use, shall be under the ultimate control of the Council. The Board of Library Directors, together with the Library Director, shall prepare an annual budget no later than October 1 of each calendar year for submission and approval of the Council. The library budget shall be approved by Council in the manner set forth in the Horsham Township Charter for the approval of the budget. The accounts of the library shall be audited as in the case of other municipal expenditures.
The Board shall report annually to Council of the monies received by such library and the disposition made thereof. The annual report submitted to the Board of Supervisors shall cover the calendar year and shall contain the following:
An itemized statement of all receipts and expenditures.
The condition of the library.
The number of volumes, maps, pamphlets and other material available in the library.
The number of volumes acquired by purchase, gift or otherwise.
The number of items lost or withdrawn.
The number of registered borrowers and readers.
A classified statement of the circulation materials, with such information and suggestions as may be deemed desirable.
A copy of each annual report shall be sent to the State Library Commission.
Council hereby establishes the position of Library Director. The Library Director shall serve under the direction of the Horsham Township Manager. The Library Director shall be responsible for implementing the policies established by Council and the Library Board of Directors, and shall be responsible for implementing and enforcing the rules and regulations promulgated by the Library Board.
The library and/or libraries so ordained and authorized by virtue of this chapter shall be free to the use of all residents of Horsham Township subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as the Library Board may adopt, and the Library Board may exclude from the use of the library any person or persons who willfully violate such rules. The Library Board may extend privileges of such library to persons residing outside the Township upon such terms and conditions as the Library Board may prescribe.
The real and equitable title to all the real estate and personal property which may be acquired as part of the ownership and operation of the library, either by gift or by purchase, shall be vested in Horsham Township. In the event the municipality receives bequests or donations of books, money, personal property or real estate for the benefit of the library, and such bequests or donations shall contain terms and conditions, Horsham Township is deemed to be a trustee of said property subject to any terms and conditions placed on the gift by the donor. Otherwise the donated property is mandated to be administered by the Library Board, under the direction of Council.
Council may, upon recommendation of the Library Board, establish branches, deposit stations, traveling libraries, and such other agencies as it may deem necessary to bring the books within convenient reach of all the residents.