R 397.31 General requirements for public libraries.
Rule 31. (1) To be eligible for state aid under section 16(2) of the act, MCL
397.566(2), and in addition to the state aid eligibility requirements prescribed by the
act and by R 397.41 to R 397.46, a public library shall meet all of the following:
(a) A public library shall be lawfully established under state law and local action or
special act of the legislature.
(b) A public library shall provide library service to its legal service area population.
(c) A public library shall employ the requisite number of paid certified persons for
every hour the library is required to be open, subject to the following exceptions:
(i) The personnel requirements do not apply with respect to personnel with valid
certificates who were employed by a public library as of October 1, 2009. When a
person employed as of October 1, 2009 leaves the position, the position shall be filled in
compliance with the minimum requirements for the library to remain eligible for state
(ii) A public library that does not comply with personnel requirements due to a change
in class level following the application of a decennial census is eligible for state aid if
the personnel continue to present valid certificates and were employed before the
library received notification of the change in class level. When a person employed
before the change in class level leaves the position, the position shall be filled in
accordance with the personnel requirements in order for the library to remain eligible
for state aid.
(d) The minimum hours of accessibility requirements prescribed by R 397.41 to R
397.46 shall be maintained for not less than 9 months during the 12-month operating
period and as follows:
(i) Accessible hours shall include evening hours or weekend hours, or both.
(ii) If a public library has more than 1 branch and if the hours for the main library
building and each established branch library are different, the unduplicated hours may be
added together to satisfy the minimum open hours requirement.
(2) A public library that shifts to a higher class level because of a change in its legal
service area population shall meet the higher level of standard for accessibility and
personnel not later than the beginning of its next reporting year after the library has
received notice from the department of the change of library class.
(3) A public library is eligible for state aid under section 16(4) of the act, MCL
397.566, if it complies with these rules and is a participating member of a cooperative
library for not less than 30 days prior to September 30 of the reporting year.
(4) A public library is eligible for state aid under section 16(5) of the act, MCL
397.566, if it meets county reimbursable salary requirements as required by the act.
History: 2009 AACS.
PART 4. PUBLIC LIBRARY REQUIREMENTS BASED ON CLASS SIZE
R 397.41 Class 1 public library; eligibility.
Rule 41. (1) A class 1 public library serves a population of 3,999 or less.
(2) A class 1 public library shall be accessible for a minimum of 15 hours per week.