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Senator Kip Bateman Senator Kip Bateman (R-16)
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October 19, 2020
Bateman Bill Helping Public Libraries Reduce Cost and Improve Services Advances

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Libraries would be able to dispose of outdated material without going out to bid under legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and advanced today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Senator Bateman sponsors legislation that would help public libraries operate more efficiently and save money disposing of books and periodicals. (

“The funding to operate public libraries remains a critical issue in this state, where the demand for, and utilization of library services continues to escalate,” said Bateman (R-16). “This practical measure would allow library administrators to reduce costs on a necessary task, and put that money to work providing better resources for patrons.”

By removing the requirement to advertise for bids, Bateman’s bill, S-2644, would allow libraries to more efficiently dispose of books, newspapers, periodicals and other materials.

The libraries have the approval to procure the same material outside of the bidding process.

“The bill would remove an unnecessary step and help facilities provide more useful, up-to-date information to New Jersey residents who rely on public libraries,” said Bateman. “Everybody benefits.”

Currently, there are 451 public libraries and 2,295 school libraries in New Jersey. There are 68 ongoing public library construction projects underway.

Senator Bateman sponsored the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act signed into law in 2017.

“Libraries are not just for storing books. They are shelter during a storm, career centers, and gathering places for new neighbors,” said Bateman in a press release announcing the bill signing on July 21, 2017. “They help our children grow into well-rounded adults.”

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