Texas Public Library Standards

Finance Standards

Basic

In order to meet basic standards, each Texas public library will:

  • Receive funds on an ongoing basis as the basic funding structure of the library. Funds may be from city, county, taxing districts, other public funding entity, or 501(c)(3) corporation.
  • Develop ongoing financial resources to supplement local support, which might include grants, donations, endowments and various other funding methods.
  • Submit an annual library budget that addresses the needs of the community as reflected in the long-range plan.
  • Have fiscal procedures and financial management practices consistent with local government practices and state law.
  • Any library that is run by a governing board and is a designated 501(c)(3) corporation shall have an independent audit conducted every three years.
  • Allocate 10% of operating budget for library materials.
  • Allocate funds for staff continuing education direct costs.

Enhanced

In order to meet enhanced standards, each Texas public library will, in addition to meeting basic standards,:

  • Allocate 15% of operating budget for funding the library’s collection of materials.
  • Provide the minimum salary for a starting librarian’s position as reported by the Texas Library Association. The librarian shall hold a graduate degree in library and information studies from a university accredited by ALA.

Comprehensive

In order to meet comprehensive standards, each Texas public library, will in addition to meeting enhanced standards,:

  • Allocate 20% of operating budget for funding the library’s collection of materials.
  • Provide the minimum salary for a starting librarian position as reported by the Texas Library Association. The librarian shall hold a graduate degree in library and information studies from a university accredited by ALA.

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