The North Dakota State Library is allocated funds from the state General Fund to distribute to eligible public libraries in North Dakota as per NDCC §54-24.2 State Aid to Public Libraries. For the 2021–2023 biennium, $1,737,582 was appropriated.
Public libraries eligible to receive financial aid under this chapter are limited to those public libraries that:
Libraries must also maintain local funds as described in NDCC §54-24.2-02.2 Maintenance of Local Effort:
The funds from State Aid to Public Libraries must be reported to NDSL and used in accordance with NDCC §54-24.2-06 Use of Funds—Reporting:
Funds appropriated under this chapter may be expended by public libraries for the purchase of library materials, supplies and equipment, salaries of library staff, and services. No funds may be used for land acquisition, construction, or investment.
Each public library receiving funds under the chapter shall submit to the state library an annual report detailing the expenditures of these funds and all other funds expended by the library within the calendar year. Such report is due within ninety days after the close of the calendar year.
All applications for State Aid to Public Libraries must be submitted to NDSL via Counting Opinions annually. The 2022 application window will be open February 1, 2022–March 31, 2022.
The State Aid to Public Libraries application is broken down into two forms; SFN 51298 is the formal application while SFN 51299 establishes eligibility.
Section 1 of SFN 51298 is prefilled with data that cannot be modified by the person completing the report. If any of this information needs to be updated, please contact the State Data Coordinator.
Section 2 will need to be filled out for each taxing entity that levies funds for library service. The figures in this section will need to be entered by the library director, and some figures will need to be supplied by the city or county auditor. Those items are as follows:
Section 2 needs to be certified by both the library director and the auditor. The library director signs the application electronically in Counting Opinions, and the auditor will need to fill out the Public Library State Aid Mill Levy Certification (SFN 61747) and return it to NDSL before the deadline.
When reporting data, please remember the following:
All questions regarding the State Aid Application can be addressed to the State Library's Fiscal and Administrative Services Division Director (328-4652).
Funds for State Aid to Public Libraries are dispersed by the grant formula laid out in NDCC § 54-24.2-02:
Grants to eligible public libraries must be in accordance with the following formula:
Additional incentives for local funding are provided in NDCC §54-24.2-03:
To provide for increased local funding, public libraries eligible to receive funds under section 54-24.2-02 shall have the funds allocated to them modified in accordance with the following formula:
8.00 or more mills 150 percent of allocation
6.00 - 7.99 mills 125 percent of allocation
4.00 - 5.99 mills 100 percent of allocation
3.00 - 3.99 mills 75 percent of allocation
2.00 - 2.99 mills 50 percent of allocation
1.00 - 1.99 mills 33 percent of allocation
0.01 - 0.99 mills 25 percent of allocation
0.00 - mills 0 percent of allocation
4.00 or more mills 150 percent of allocation
3.00 - 3.99 mills 125 percent of allocation
2.00 - 2.99 mills 100 percent of allocation
1.50 - 1.99 mills 75 percent of allocation
1.00 - 1.49 mills 50 percent of allocation
0.50 - 0.99 mills 33 percent of allocation
0.01 - 0.49 mills 25 percent of allocation
0.00 - mills 0 percent of allocation
The computation of mills must be based upon the levy on the taxable valuation and the mill levy equivalent of other public funds received and deposited in the library fund for the operation of the library by the governing body during the preceding fiscal year as certified by the auditor of the city or county operating the library.
Limitations of funding are laid out in NDCC §54-24.2-05:
For public libraries operated by cities, funds granted under this chapter may not exceed thirty-three percent of the total expenditure of mill levy moneys and other public funds during the preceding year. For public libraries operated by counties, funds granted under this chapter may not exceed the following percent of the total expenditure of mill levy moneys and other public funds during the preceding year:
less than $10,000 100 percent
$10,000 - $19,999 75 percent
$20,000 - $29,999 67 percent
$30,000 - $50,000 50 percent
over $50,000 33 percent
Attorney General Opinion 2006-L-24 discusses the determination of mill values for State Aid to Public Libraries as it relates to Home Rule cities or counties.