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Senator Kip Bateman Senator Kip Bateman (R-16)
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January 11, 2021
Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Helping Public Libraries Save Money and Improve Services

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Public libraries would be able to operate more efficiently under Senator Kip Bateman’s bill approved today by the Senate.

Public libraries will be able to reduce expenses under Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation allowing them to to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Under the bill, S-2644, libraries would be able to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. It would eliminate the expense and delay of advertising for bids.

“In New Jersey, the demand for, and utilization of library services continues to escalate, and the funding to operate public libraries remains a critical issue,” said Bateman (R-16). “This practical legislation would allow library administrators to save money on basic task, and put that money to work providing better resources for patrons.”

Libraries already have approval to procure the same material outside of the bidding process.

“Everybody who uses a library will benefit,” said Bateman. “The bill would remove an unnecessary step and help facilities provide more useful, up-to-date information to New Jersey residents who rely on the free services provided public libraries.”

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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