Publicly funded libraries throughout New Mexico, including the NMSU University Library and NMSU-affiliated libraries, will benefit from passage of General Obligation Bond B on the November 6 ballot.
GO Bond B proposes a total of $9 million in funding for publicly funded libraries in New Mexico. $3 million in funding is requested for each of three groups of publicly funded libraries—academic libraries, school libraries and public libraries— for the purchase of library materials. $700,000 million is requested for tribal libraries for the purchase of library materials and construction.
If Bond B is approved, the NMSU Library will receive approximately $386,090 and the Doña Ana Community College Library will receive $83,349. The NMSU-Alamogordo Library will receive approximately $26,442, the NMSU-Carlsbad Library will receive $13,539 and the NMSU-Grants Library will receive $10,461.
GO Bond B will cost taxpayers 56 cents per $100,000 of their assessed property value. GO Bonds provide up to 25% of New Mexico academic library materials. The bond will enable publicly funded libraries to support students and faculty by updating book and journal collections and subscribing to information databases.
“The NMSU Library relies on bond funds in order to maintain its collection. We encourage New Mexicans to get out and vote on November 6,” said NMSU Library Dean Elizabeth A. Titus.
Bond B has been endorsed by the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico Library Association, the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries and the New Mexico Task Force for School Libraries.
The statewide Bonds for Libraries Special Interest Group of the New Mexico Library Association is conducting an informational campaign to assist library supporters in providing voter information about GO Bond B. For more information, visit the group’s the Web site at http://www.bondsforlibraries.org/.