JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Jamaica Library Board

   4   General powers of Board

   5   Power to make by-laws

   6   Regulations

   7   Duties of Board

   8   Composition and meetings of Board

   9   Power of Board to appoint acting Chairman

   10   Duration of office of members of Board

   11   Member of Board not personally liable for bona fide act.

   12   Travelling expenses

   13   Audit

   14   Establishment of Parish Library Committees

   15   Duties of Parish Library Committees

   16   Power of Parish Library Committees to make rules

   17   Composition of Parish Library Committees

   18   Duration of office of members of Parish Library Committees

   19   Exemption from import duty and tonnage tax

 

THE JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE ACT

[Date of Commencement: 18th November, 1949]

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>Cap 175.

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>Laws
54 of 1953,
2 of 1961.

1   Short title

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   This Act may be cited as the Jamaica Library Service Act.

2   Interpretation

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   In this Act-

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   "the Board" means the Jamaica Library Board constituted under this Act;

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   "Parish Council" includes the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation;

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   "Parish Library Committee" means any committee established under section 14.

3   Establishment of Jamaica Library Board

   (1) There is hereby established a body corporate to be known as the Jamaica Library Board which shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and power to acquire land and other property of whatever description.

   (2) The seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signatures of the Chairman and one member of the Board authorised to act in that behalf and such seal shall be officially and judicially noticed.

   (3) All documents, other than those required by law to be under seal, made by, and all decisions of, the Board may be signified under the hand of the Chairman or any member of the Board authorised in that behalf.

   (4) The Board may sue and be sued in their corporate name and may for all purposes be described by such name.

   (5) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be questioned on account of any vacancy in their membership; and no defect in the qualification or appointment of any person acting as a member of the Board shall vitiate any proceedings thereof.

4   General powers of Board

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   In addition to any powers conferred by any other section of this Act the Board shall have the following powers-

   (a)   to make standing orders regulating the date, time and place of meeting of the Board and the conduct of business and the procedure to be followed at any meeting of the Board, so, however, that such standing orders shall provide that no business except the business of adjourning to some other day and time shall be transacted at any meeting of the Board unless there are present not less than three members of the Board (including the Chairman or the acting Chairman);

   (b)   to delegate the performance of any duty imposed or the exercise of any power conferred by or under this Act upon the Board to a sub-committee composed of so many and such members of the Board and so many and such (if any) persons other than members of the Board as the Board may appoint, so, however, that no act of any sub-committee shall have any effect unless such act is ratified by the Board not later than the next meeting but one of the Board after the meeting of the sub-committee at which such act was done;

   (c)   to draw, negotiate and accept bills of exchange, cheques and promissory notes;

   (d)   to enter into all such contracts as the Board may consider necessary or expedient to be entered into for the due performance of any duty imposed or the effective exercise of any power conferred upon the Board by or under this Act;

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   (e)   to incur all such expenditure as the Board may consider necessary or expedient, within the limits of the funds at the disposal of the Board, for the due performance of any duty imposed or the effective exercise of any power conferred upon the Board by or under this Act;

   (f)   such other powers as the Minister may by order confer upon the Board at the request of the Board.

5   Power to make by-laws

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) the Board may make by-laws-

   (a)   prohibiting or restricting the access of members of the public to any premises vested in or occupied by the Board or by a Parish Library Committee or to any portion of such premises;

   (b)   for ensuring the maintenance of good order and discipline amongst members of the public at any time when upon any premises vested in or occupied by the Board or by a Parish Library Committee;

   (c)   for preventing the unauthorised or improper use of or the wilful or negligent occasioning of injury to any property vested in or occupied by the Board or by a Parish Library Committee.

   (2) By-laws under this section shall be of no effect until such time as they are approved by the Minister and are published in the Gazette.

   (3) Every person who contravenes any by-law under this section shall be guilty of an offence against this section and on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate shall be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty dollars and in default of payment of such fine to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding thirty days.

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>6   Regulations

<IN:LF:0,RT:0.03125,FI:0>   Subject to the provisions of this section the Board may with the approval of the Minister make such regulations as may be necessary or expedient generally-

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