Laws Affecting Libraries


South Dakota Codified Law governing public libraries is found at:
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=14-2&Type=Statute
Public library trustees should become familiar with these statutes.

South Dakota Codified Law dealing with public meetings, which include public library board meetings and public libraries is found at:
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=1-25&Type=Statute
See specifically:
  • 1-25-1 Official meetings open to the public--Exceptions--Teleconferences--Violation as misdemeanor.
  • 1-25-1.1 Notice of meetings of public bodies--Violation as misdemeanor.
  • 1-25-2 Executive or closed meetings--Purposes--Authorization--Misdemeanor.

Board members must know and follow these laws and act in the best interest of the entire community.