Canterbury Provincial Ordinances
20. The Public Libraries Ordinance 1875.
[3rd September, 1875.]
Whereas by authority of “The Public Reserves Act 1854” and by
conveyances for that purpose certain lands have been and
are now or may
hereafter be vested in the Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury upon
trust for Public Libraries And whereas
it is expedient to make provision for the
management and administration of all such reserves and of the buildings erected
and the Libraries therein contained:
Be it therefore enacted by the Superintendent of the said Province with the
advice and consent of the Provincial Council thereof as
1. Ordinance not to be in force in certain districts.
This Ordinance shall have no force in any district in which The Public
Libraries’ Act 1869” shall have been adopted in
accordance with the
provisions of the said Act.
2. Superintendent may elect managers of land and buildings from among subscribers.
It shall be lawful for the Superintendent with the advice of the Executive
Council on the requisition of the managing body of any
Library contained in any
building erected on any land vested in or leased for a period of not less than
ten years to the said Superintendent
to appoint from amongst the subscribers to
the same so many persons as he shall think fit being not less than three nor
nine to be managers of such land and of the buildings erected thereon
and of the Library and furniture contained therein and such
continue in office until the election of their successors as hereinafter
3. Management of Library and purposes for which same shall be maintained.
The management of such Library shall forthwith be vested in such managers and their successors and the purposes for which they shall maintain the same shall
be to form or provide and carry on— (1) A lending and a reference Library.
(2) A Reading-room with a supply of newspapers and periodicals. (3) Meetings for social and intellectual improvement.
(4) Educational classes and lectures.
(5) The collection of scientific apparatus or other things illustrative of
science or useful for education.
(6) The providing rational amusement and recreation.
Under such regulations as may from time to time be made by the
4. Annual Meeting for election of managing Committee.
There shall be a general meeting of the subscribers to such Library in the
month of April in each year or so soon thereafter as may
be found convenient and
a Committee of Management for the ensuing year shall be elected at such meeting
Provided that until such
elections have taken place the managers appointed by
the Superintendent shall continue to hold office.
The Rules contained in the Schedule to this Ordinance shall be the Rules for
the government and management of such Library until altered
amended varied or
rescinded by two-thirds of the subscribers present at the annual general
meeting: Provided that no such alterations
or amendments shall have any force
until approved by the Superintendent in Council.
The term Library shall be taken to mean and include Mechanics’
Institute,” Athenaeum,” “Reading-room.”
The Short Title of this Ordinance shall be “The Public Libraries
1. The general management of the Library shall be vested in a Committee
consisting of a President Treasurer Secretary and Committeemen
four of whom
shall form a quorum.
2. The objects of the Committee of Management shall be to provide a suitable
Library and Reading-room and by every other attainable
means to promote the
diffusion of information and instruction in literature science and art.
3. An annual meeting of the members shall take place on the second Monday in
April in each year or as soon thereafter as may be found
convenient for the
election of officers and for general business Eight members shall form a quorum
at these meetings.
4. The office bearers shall be elected annually. Out-going members of the committee shall be eligible for re-election.
5. It shall be competent for any three of the office-bearers or any ten of
the members by a written requisition stating the proposed
object to require the
secretary to convene a special general meeting of the members of the Committee,
of Management and the secretary
on receiving such a requisition shall be bound
to announce such a meeting forthwith by advertisement in the newspapers at least
days previous to the meeting Only the subject stated in the requisition
shall be discussed at such meetings.
6. The committee shall meet quarterly or more frequently if necessary and the
secretary and treasurer shall take their instructions
at these meetings The
secretary shall have charge of the property of the Library and of all
correspondence The treasurer shall attend
to the collection of money and the
payment of accounts Auditors shall be chosen annually one by the committee and
one by the members
at the annual general meeting.
7. No building for the purpose of the Library shall be erected or purchased
or enlarged unless authorised by a resolution of two-thirds
of the members
present at a general meeting of the subscribers.
8. All persons desirous of becoming members must be approved of by the
Managing Committee The annual subscription shall not be less
than ten shillings
or two shillings and sixpence per quarter payable in advance.
9. Strangers visiting the district when introduced by a member shall be
allowed the use of the Reading-room gratuitously for one month.
10. A life membership may be purchased by the payment of not less than