All Wisconsin counties, except those operating consolidated county libraries, are required to engage in countywide planning for public library service. In addition, counties are required to provide appropriate funding to support their plans.
Under Wisconsin law, counties that participate in public library systems are responsible for providing library services to county residents who reside outside of communities that maintain their own libraries. County library service plans can address any appropriate issues, but Section 43.11 Wisconsin Statutes requires that county plans address at least the following:
A county board may choose to appoint a committee to do the required planning. The county board is free to determine the size and composition of the library planning committee, and it may appoint any members it deems appropriate. A county may also design its own planning process. However, a public hearing must be held prior to adoption of a new plan, and representatives of all libraries in the county must be invited to attend the hearing. Any plan developed by a library planning committee would become official upon adoption by the county board of supervisors.
The Public Library Development Team of the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning has developed additional information about county library planning requirements including answers to frequently asked questions and an outline of a sample county library plan.
Beginning in 2001, Wisconsin counties must meet the minimum requirements, contained in Section 43.12, Wisconsin Statutes, for compensating municipal libraries for providing services to county residents who live in towns and villages without libraries. This requirement also includes a methodology for determining municipal libraries' costs for providing service to the county.
Under the statutory formula each county library is to be reimbursed on the following basis:
The Public Library Development Team of the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning has developed additional information about county library funding requirements including answers to frequently asked questions and guidelines for the collection of nonresident use statistics.
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