Statutory Charge and Responsibilities
Section 11-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes assigns to the Board responsibility for:
- the supervision of the State Library by a State Librarian
- planning for state-wide library service, other than for school libraries
- maximum state participation in federal aid for public libraries
- establishing standards for principal public libraries
- appointing an advisory council for library planning and development
- instituting and conducting programs of state-wide library service
- maintaining the state's principal law library
- maintaining a library service for the blind and other persons with disabilities
- planning and developing the Connecticut Digital Library
- making construction grants to public libraries
- creating and maintaining the official state archives
- programs for library development and reader services
- operating the Raymond E. Baldwin Museum of Connecticut History and Heritage.
Under the direction of the State Library Board, the State Librarian is responsible for developing and directing a public records management program.
The State Library Board approves rules and regulations for the state publications depository library system, the retention, destruction and transfer of documents; the Connecticard program; and statewide library programs.
The State Library Board administers a $14 million annual budget and provides leadership and support services to Connecticut's 169 public libraries.