The board shall establish a comprehensive statewide program of regional library service,
consisting of regional library systems, which shall not exceed six, for the purpose
of providing reference and research services, interlibrary loan, delivery, and other
regional services to public, school, academic, and special libraries in the region.
For each regional library system, the board shall designate an administrative agency.
For such purpose, there shall be an annual appropriation which the board shall apply
in the following manner:
(1) Insofar as practicable the board shall enter into an arrangement or arrangements
with such public library or libraries in each regional area as it may determine under
the terms of which such library or libraries shall supply services or space, equipment,
personnel, books, periodicals and other library materials to communities having fewer
than twenty-five thousand inhabitants;
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(3) Any regional library system providing service under an approved plan shall be
entitled to receive annually in state aid an amount per capita of its served population
per square mile of the area served in accordance with the following schedules:
1,000 or over population
$1.70 per capita
$1.86 per capita
$2.20 per capita
Under 500 population
$2.41 per capita
(4) In addition to the sums provided in clause (3), the Boston public library, as
the library of the commonwealth for reference and research services, shall be entitled
to receive in state aid the sum of fifty cents for each resident of the commonwealth;
(5) Any employee employed in a position identified as a regional position in a public
library which accepts funds under this section shall not be required to comply with
residency requirements. For purposes of this section, “regional position” shall mean a full-time or part-time
position for which at least fifty per cent of the funding is provided by the commonwealth
pursuant to this section.
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