§ 29-6-1. Statement of policy.
(a) The general assembly hereby declares it to be the policy of this state:
(1) That free public libraries are essential to the general enlightenment of citizens in a democracy;
(2) That these free public libraries shall provide for the cultural, educational, informational, and research needs of all citizens;
(3) That free public libraries are an integral part of the educational system at all levels and a source for vocational information and continued learning following the period of formal education; and
(4) That it is the responsibility of government at all levels to provide adequate financial support for all free public libraries.
(b) The general assembly further declares it to be the policy of this state to coordinate on a cooperative basis the resources of academic, free public, school, and special libraries to meet the expanding needs of all citizens and that it is the responsibility of government at all levels to provide adequate financial support to coordinate library resources throughout the state for improved library services to all citizens.
(G.L. 1956, § 29-6-1; P.L. 1964, ch. 233, § 3; P.L. 1967, ch. 227, § 5.)