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Patron Referral and Onsite Services   

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This program of the Act enables library users from one institution or public library jurisdiction to use library services and resources in another institution or public library jurisdiction which would otherwise be inaccessible to them.

(a) Members of regional library networks are eligible to refer patrons under this program. Members of regional library networks are eligible to receive reimbursement for onsite services delivered under the provisions of this Act.

(1) The provision of onsite services to a referred library patron shall result in reimbursement under Education Code Section 18844(b) if the services are delivered and if the referral originated from another member of the regional library network in accordance with protocols developed by the regional library network.

(2) The provision of onsite services to a referred library patron shall result in reimbursement under Education Code Section 18844(b) if the services are delivered and if the referral originated from a member of any regional library network statewide. Protocols shall be established through subsequent rulemaking conducted under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, commencing at Section 11340).

(b) Information agencies with uncommon and exceptional onsite services and resources, which would otherwise be inaccessible to the public, may receive designation as an eligible recipient of reimbursement funds under Education Code Section 18844(b).

(1) The information agency may apply to a regional library network to provide services to its members provided that:

(A) it is one of the few if not the only source of the onsite service in the region; and

(B) it agrees to comply with the purposes and provisions of this Act.

(2) The information agency may apply to the state board to provide services to members of all regional library networks statewide provided that:

(A) it is one of the few if not the only source of the onsite service in the state; and

(B) it agrees to comply with the purposes and provisions of this Act.

(c) Reimbursable onsite services are those identified by the state board.

(d) Reimbursable costs are those identified by the state board.

(e) To obtain reimbursement, an institution or a public library jurisdiction or an information agency shall provide to the state board an invoice detailing its provision of onsite services to referred library patrons for the appropriate period. For audit purposes, a record of these invoices shall be retained for four years.

(f) Reimbursable services, costs, and procedures shall be established through subsequent rulemaking conducted under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, commencing at Section 11340).

Authority cited:

Education Code 18821

Reference:

Education Code 18844(b)

(Added by Register 2000, No. 19)