Municipality of Murrysville, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franklin (now Council of the Municipality of Murrysville) 10-1-1969 by Ord. No. 41-69. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration of government — See Ch. 3.

§ 35-1 Creation of Board.

[Amended 4-22-1980 by Ord. No. 57-80]
There is hereby created a Library Board consisting of seven members who are residents of the Municipality of Murrysville and who shall serve without compensation. One member is to be appointed for a term of one year; two members are to be appointed for terms of two years; and two members are to be appointed for terms of three years. All appointments to fill the places of those whose terms expire will be for a term of three years. Appointments shall be made by the Council. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms, and members shall serve until their successors have been appointed.

§ 35-2 Organization; bonding of Treasurer.

The Library Board shall organize as soon as practicable after appointment by electing a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer from such membership. The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount and with a surety company acceptable to the Council.

§ 35-3 Powers, duties and responsibilities.

The Library Board shall have all the duties, powers and responsibilities prescribed by Act No. 188 of the 1961 Session of the General Assembly, which act is known as "The Library Code,"[1] including but not limited to the power to adopt such rules and regulations for its organization, procedure and management of its libraries, as are customary and advisable and consistent with ordinances of the Municipality and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Library Board, upon commencement of its duties, shall file a plan for the use of its funds with the State Librarian, and no expenditures other than of an organizational nature shall be made by said Board until such plan is approved by the State Librarian as qualifying for the receipt of state aid.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 24 P.S. § 4201 et seq.

§ 35-4 Creation of library fund.

[Amended 3-18-1970 by Ord. No. 44-70]
As soon as practicable after the organization of the Library Board and the approval of its plan by the State Librarian, where necessary, it shall maintain a separate depository for all monetary transactions and of which it shall have exclusive control. The Library Board shall make a report yearly to the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville of all moneys received and the disposition thereof, and the accounts of the Treasurer of the Library Board shall be subject to audit as in the case of other municipal expenditures.

§ 35-5 Annual report; copy to State Library Board.

The annual report required by the last preceding section shall contain an itemized statement of all receipts from whatever source and expenditures and shall show the condition of the library and any branches thereof; the number of volumes, maps, pamphlets and other materials; the number added by purchase, gift or otherwise; the number lost or withdrawn; the number of registered borrowers and readers; and a statement of the circulation of material, with such other information and suggestions as may seem desirable. A copy of each report made to the municipal officers shall be sent to the State Library in Harrisburg.

§ 35-6 Transfer of existing facilities.

The Mayor and Chief Administrator of the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville are hereby authorized and directed to accept, where tendered, a transfer and conveyance of all assets of any public library existing within the Municipality, including books, fixtures, furniture and the like to the end that the same become and thereafter are assets of the Municipality.

§ 35-7 Penalties for retention of property or damage to property.

A. 
Retention of library property after notice to return. Whoever retains any book, pamphlet, magazine, newspaper, manuscript, map or other property belonging in or to or on deposit with the State Library or any local library which is established or maintained under any law of this commonwealth or the library of any university, college or educational institution chartered by the commonwealth or the library of any public school or any branch reading room, deposit station or agency operated in connection therewith for a period exceeding 30 days after such library has given written notice to return the same shall, upon conviction in summary proceedings, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $25 to be paid over by the District Justice imposing such fine to the library instituting the prosecution and costs of prosecution. Any person in default of payment of such fine and costs shall undergo imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 10 days. Such notice may be given by personal service upon the borrower or by the mailing of a registered or certified letter, with return receipt, to the borrower's address on file with said library. The notice shall refer to the Act of June 14, 1961, P.L. 324, Article IV, Paragraph 426,[1] of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and shall contain a demand that the property be returned.
[Amended 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 24 P.S. § 4201 et seq.
B. 
Damaging library property. Anyone who shall willfully cut, mutilate, mark or otherwise injure any book, pamphlet, magazine, newspaper, manuscript, map or other property belonging in or to or on deposit with the State Library or any local library which is established or maintained under any law of this commonwealth or the library of any university, college or educational institution chartered by the commonwealth or the library of any public school or any branch reading room, deposit station or agency operated in connection therewith shall be deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be prosecuted for said offense before any court of competent jurisdiction and, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to pay a fine of not more than $25 and costs of prosecution or to undergo imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both, at the discretion of the court, said fine, when collected, to be for the use of the library against which the aforesaid offense was committed.

§ 35-8 Implementation of Library Code.

It is the intent of the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville to implement to the fullest extent the Library Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the end that there may be established such a library or system of libraries within the Municipality of Murrysville as described in said Act of Assembly.