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2024 Changes to Library State Laws

S.220

S.220, An Act Related to Vermont’s Public Libraries, was signed into law by Governor Scott on Monday, June 3, 2024. On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, the Department presented a webinar featuring an initial overview of the various elements in the new law, Walk-through: S.220—An Act Relating to Vermont’s Public Libraries.  

The Department will provide additional guidance and education opportunities related to this legislation in the coming weeks and months. Those with immediate questions and concerns can contact Kevin Unrath, the Department's Library Operations Consultant.

Working Group on the Status of Libraries in Vermont

In May 2021, the Vermont State Legislature passed Act 66 (S.115) an act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education laws, which was signed by the Governor on June 7, 2021. This act created the Working Group on the Status of Libraries in Vermont and charged that body with studying the statewide status of libraries. The two-year efforts of the Working Group yielded findings that provided valuable insights for policymakers and influenced the public policy process, including many of the provisions in S.220. This legislation reflects not only the significant effort by the Working Group but also the strong support of the Vermont Legislature and the Governor for the important work Vermont libraries do every day. The Working Group submitted its final report to the House and Senate Committees on Education on November 1, 2023.