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An Act in Relation to the State Library.

1842-1843 - Chapter LXVIII

Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1842-1843 - Pages 104-105.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the following be adopted as permanent rules and regulations for the government of the Librarian, and the use and safe keeping; of the books belonging to the State Library, that is to say:

First. No person except the Governor of the State, Judges and Reporter of the Supreme Court, and Attorneys practicing in the same, and members of the General Assembly of theState, shall be permitted to take any book out of the State Library.

Second. No person authorized to take out a book, shall keep the same more than six days, under a penalty of twenty-five cents, for each and every day, more than six, for each and every volume so kept out, until the penalty so accruing, shall amount to twice the value of said book.

Third. Any person who shall damage, deface or mutilate, any book belonging to said Library, or who shall return any book so damaged, defaced or mutilated, while in his possession, shall forfeit and pay the full amount of said damage; which amount is to be determined by the Librarian, but in no case to exceed double the value of the book.

Fourth. All fines and forfeitures accruing under this Act, shall be sued for and recovered by the Librarian, in the name of the State, before any Justice of the Peace: and the Librarian shall be a competent witness to prove any fact, material to the issue. And all fines and forfeitures recovered under this Act, shall go into the funds for the increase of the Library.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the Governor and the Judges of the Supreme Court, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby appointed Trustees of the State Library; and all moneys appropriated for the increase of the Library, shall be laid out under their direction and supervision; and the said Trustees are empowered to make such additional rules and regulations, in regard to the Library, and the use of the books, not repugnant to the rules and regulations, prescribed by this Act, as they may deem best. And the said Trustees shall appoint a suitable person as Librarian, at a salary not exceeding three hundred dollars per annum, who shall give bond and security, in such sum as they may determine, payable to the State of North Carolina conditioned for the safe keeping of the books, and the faithful discharge of his duties as Librarian.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the Secretary of State be, and he is hereby authorized and required to procure for the Library room, one dozen chairs, and two small tables, with drawers, of good quality, and shall supply said room with stationery. And he is hereby authorized and required to have all the books belonging to the State Library, or which may be hereafter added thereto, labeled with the words, "State Library," in gilt letters, provided such labeling does not exceed five cents per volume; and to have bound such pamphlets, Acts and Journals of the General Assembly, works of periodical Literature, laws of other States, and documents of the General Assembly, of this State, as now are in or may hereafter be added to the Library, as the property of the State, as in his judgment he may deem advisable; and he is hereby authorized to draw upon the Treasurer for such sums as may be necessary to defray the expenses accruing under this Act.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That all laws and clauses of laws, conflicting with the provisions of this Act, are hereby repealed.

Ratified the 27th day of January, 1843.

John M. Morehead, Governor
Calvin Graves, Speaker of the House of Commons
Louis D. Wilson, Speaker of the Senate

Secretary of State's Office, April, 1843

I, William Hill, Secretary of State in and for the State of North Carolina,
do hereby certify that the Acts and Resolutions contained in this Pamphlet
are true copies of the original Acts and Resolutions passed by the General
Assembly of this State, at its late session.

William Hill, Secretary of State

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