City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 06
Chapter 06.06
Section 06.06.010

Title 06 Intergovernmental Operations

Chapter 06.06 Spokane Public Library

Section 06.06.010 General Authority

  1. The Spokane public library, although an agency of the City of Spokane, is a separate statutory entity under chapter 27.12 RCW and other laws for certain purposes. As provided by state law, the board of trustees of the Spokane public library is the governing body of the municipal library system. The board employs a librarian who is:

    1. responsible for all aspects of library administration and operation,

    2. is employed by the Spokane public library, and

    3. answers to the library board of trustees.
  2. Wherever this code or another ordinance or policy vests authority in the “mayor,” such authority is exercised by the “librarian” or “library director” with respect to library matters. Wherever in this code or other ordinances or policies the term “city council” is used, such term refers to “library board of trustees” with respect to library matters.
  3. While the City performs budgeting, accounting and payroll services for the library, the budget of the library fund is fixed by the library board and expended exclusively for library purposes as determined by the library board.
  4. Nothing in this code precludes the library board from adopting appropriate policies for personnel, procurement, contracts or other library matters consistent with the authority granted in chapter 27.12 RCW and other applicable laws.

Date Passed: Monday, April 16, 2007

Effective Date: Saturday, June 2, 2007

Recodification ORD C34012 Section 1