Finances are a vital factor in the successful operation of any public library. A public library is a public responsibility and is appropriately supported by local tax funds. Many public libraries in Connecticut are wholly supported by the municipality, some partially so. Many public libraries augment funds provided by the town with those derived from endowments, state and federal grants, gifts, bequests and special fund-raising activities. Whatever the type of funding, it is the responsibility of local government and the library board to see to it that the library receives financial support adequate to the townspeople's needs.
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