Any library that funds at least 25% of its operational budget in the prior budget year with public funds must comply with the Open Meetings Law. "Public funds" includes state aid to libraries ("grant-in-aid") and municipal funds. Most public libraries that receive state aid must comply with the Open Meetings Law.
In order for public libraries and their boards of trustees to comply with the Open Meetings Law, they must:
The above information is a summary of the requirements for the Open Meetings Law; all public libraries should review the Open Meetings Law to familiarize themselves with the full requirements of the law. The Attorney General holds an annual Open Government Summit each summer on the requirements of Open Government, including the Open Meetings Law and Access to Public Records. The Attorney General's Guide to Open Government and training materials from the most recent summit are available on the Attorney General's website.
Additional information about filing requirements is available on the website of the Secretary of State. For more information about open meetings law requirements, please contact the Secretary of State's Division of Public Information or call 401-222-3983.