2008 GO Bonds for Public and Tribal Libraries FAQ

What are the GO Bonds?

  • Senate Bill 333 2008 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act was approved by the 2008 Regular Session of the Legislature and approved by the voters in the 2008 General Election.
  • Funds are for library acquisitions at public libraries and tribal libraries statewide:
    (a) three million dollars ($3,000,000) to acquire library books, equipment and library resources for public libraries
    (b) two million dollars ($2,000,000) to acquire library books, equipment and library resources for tribal libraries
  • The full text of the legislation is available at 2008 Capital Projects General Obligations Bond Act Section 10, Paragraph B (1) page 28. 
  • GO Bonds are authorized the Laws of New Mexico 2008, Chapter 80, Section 10B(1).
  • GO Bonds Funds are governed by NMAC 4.5.8

How can the GO Bond funds be used?

  • According to the legislation GO Bond funds are for library acquisitions at public libraries and tribal libraries statewide to acquire library books, equipment and library resources.
  • Local governments must determine if their intended expenditures meet the intent of the law. Libraries should maintain written approval from the library’s governance body as evidence that there was financial oversight for the purchase.

How will GO Bond funds be distributed to public and tribal libraries?

  • Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis.

How can I request reimbursement?

  • Complete the reimbursement form
  • Include supporting documentation that shows items purchased and evidence of payment by your local government for the expenditures being claimed for reimbursement.  Evidence can include: copies of receipts that match the amount on the invoice, copies of corresponding vouchers, checks showing payments, or payment registers.
  • Send the form and the supporting documentation to:

Attn: Development Bureau
New Mexico State Library
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507

How is the $3,000,000 in public library allocations determined?

  • $300,000 (10%) of the funds will be allocated to library systems
    • 4 New Mexico State Library Rural Services outlets will each receive $1,000
    • 75 public libraries will each receive an equal share of $260,000 or $4,054.79 each
    • The remainder of the funds ($2,700,000) is allocated on a per capita basis to the counties.
    • Within each county, 75 public libraries will receive a per capita allocation based on their LSA population and a corresponding percentage of any unassigned county population. Libraries in counties with only one library will receive the full county allocation.
    • The per capita allocation per county is $1.37062 per capita.  Click here for a list of county per capita allocations.
    • County and Legal Service Area populations are based on the latest U.S. Census Estimates.  For counties and municipalities, go to the UNM BBER website.
    • Allocations grouped by library .pdf
    • Allocations grouped by county .pdf

How is the $2,000,000 in tribal library allocations determined?

  • 18 tribal libraries will each receive an equal share of $1,980,000 or $110,000 each
  • The remainder of the funds ($20,000) is allocated on a per capita basis to the counties.
    • Within each county, 18 tribal libraries will receive a per capita allocation based on their LSA population and a corresponding percentage of any unassigned county population. Libraries in counties with only one library will receive the full county allocation.
    • County and Legal Service Area populations are based on the latest U.S. Census Estimates for counties and the tribal libraries Legal Service Area population.  For counties, go to the UNM BBER website.
    • Allocations grouped by library .pdf
    • Allocations grouped by county .pdf

When can public libraries expend the funds?

  • Fall of 2009 to March 2012. All reimbursement requests must be received by April 1, 2012
  • Once the bonds are sold and the state sets up the accounts in the state financial system, the state library will initiate a State of New Mexico purchase order for each library's allocation.  The library will be notified that they can begin using the funds.

How can non-profits utilize these funds?

  • Non-profits are required to have a Joint Powers Agreement or a Memo of Agreement/Understanding  with a local government (city or county).
  • A sample JPA is located here

 Who should I contact if I have questions?

  • Eleanor Bernau or Patricia Moore at the New Mexico State Library at: (800) 340-3890 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.