Nevada State Collection Development and State Bookmobile Reports


Norma Fowler
Library Consultant

Public libraries and the services they offer are a basic need in life.  In rural Nevada, they often serve as the only means of obtaining educational and recreational materials.

Nevada's public libraries receive collection development funds from the legislature.  Many of the small rural libraries use these funds to enrich their basic collections.  Other libraries are able to utilize these funds for special areas of development, which would be impossible using only their local funding.

Collection Development Grant documents include the following:

State Bookmobile Funding

The state provides support to three bookmobiles throughout Nevada: Elko-Lander-Eureka County Bookmobile, Humboldt County Bookmobile, and Lincoln County Bookmobile.  To learn more about these bookmobiles see the reports below.

State Collection Development Grant Reports

To learn how the state's public libraries utilize those funds, check out the following maps and for complete information see their reports.

State Allocations

The Nevada State Legislature has allocated funds for the Public Libraries in the State Collection Development Grant Program.  The first allocation, $250,000 in the 1995 session, was intended for the rural areas only.

  • 2011 session allocated $252,631
  • 2009 session allocated $670,000
  • 2007 session allocated $1,200,000
  • 2005 session allocated $1,200,000
  • 2003 session allocated $1,300,000
  • 2001 session allocated $1,200,000
  • 1999 session allocated $1,000,000
  • 1997 session allocated $2,000,000
  • 1995 session allocated $250,000

    Funding Formula

    These funds are distributed to public libraries in Nevada, based on their own local spending for collection development. Utilizing the formula based on these expenditures (NRS378.087), the smaller libraries receive a greater proportionate amount than the libraries with the larger budgets.