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NMAC - 4.5.10 "Rural Libraries Endowment Grants" Proposed Rule: Home

This guide contains information pertaining to the proposed 4.5.10 NMAC rule including the public rule hearing notice, and a downloadable copy of the 4.5.10 NMAC.

4.5.10 NMAC Public Hearing Notice


The New Mexico State Library will be establishing and implementing a new rule the 4.5.10 NMAC "Rural Libraries Endowment Grants" to administer funds generated from the endowment established by the New Mexico Legislature in 2019 (Rural Library Development, Program & Fund) and amended in 2021 (Definition of Rural Library).

An online public rule hearing has been set for 1:00pm on November 30, 2021. Information on how to join the meeting is included in the "Public Hearing Notice" tab.

We will be receiving written comments and posting them in this LibGuide. Information on where to send them is also included in the "Public Hearing Notice" tab.

The proposed 4.5.10 NMAC may be downloaded from the "4.5.10 NMAC - Proposed Rule" tab.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the New Mexico State Library (NMSL) will convene an online public hearing on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Interested parties may attend by way of the following link, Following the hearing, the NMSL will consider public comments and adopt the rule.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider implementing a new rule 4.5.10 NMAC, Rural Libraries Endowment Grants.  The NMSL proposes to implement the new rule in order to facilitate the effective administration of rural libraries endowment grants for public libraries.

The statutory authority for the proposed 4.5.10 NMAC is found in NMSA 1978 § 18-18-1 (2019) which establishes the rural libraries endowment fund established in the state treasury to support the preservation, development and establishment of rural libraries throughout the state by providing funding for rural libraries’ operational and capital needs and funding for the delivery of specialized services to rural libraries.  Section 18-18-2(A) directs the state librarian to provide grants directly benefiting developing rural libraries and established rural libraries and grants for the establishment of developing rural libraries in cities, towns and villages without libraries.  Section 18-18-2 further directs the state librarian to use money allocated for specialized services to rural libraries from the rural libraries endowment fund to provide specialized services to rural libraries. NMSA 1978 §18-18-4(D)(2019) defines specialized services as professional development opportunities, program support, information technology support and other capacity building services, as defined by  the state librarian.

The proposed rule is available at the NMSL website,, and at the NMSL office located in the Garrey Carruthers State Library Building, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507.  To request that a copy of the proposed rule be mailed to you, submit your request in writing to New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, by email to, or via fax to (505) 476-9776.

The NMSL is currently accepting public comments on the proposed rule.  Additionally, any person may join the online hearing to submit their comments.  Written comments may be submitted by mail to:  New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, by email to, or via fax to (505) 476-9776.  Written comments should be submitted for the NMSL’s consideration no later than 10:00 am on November 30, 2021.  Written comments will be posted on NMSL’s website.

Individuals in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing should contact Eli Guinnee at 505-476-9762 or at least ten business days prior to the hearing.

Published in the New Mexico Register Vol. XXXIII, Issue 20


The complete text of the proposed 4.5.10 NMAC (in pdf format) may be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Written comments from the public will be added to this page if received prior to 10:00AM, November 30, 2021.




To clarify, my understanding of the NMAC for Rural Library Endowment funding is:

There are three categories of disbursement from the endowment;

1) Competitive grants to help towns without libraries to help develop one.

2) Funds for the NM State library to help support the needs of rural Libraries

3) Direct disbursement of funds to qualifying rural libraries.


Disbursement of funds to qualifying rural libraries is the largest percentage.  (Is it 92%?) 

Libraries qualify if they;

1) Served a population of 3000 or fewer at the time the endowment was established

2) If the the population of their service area dips below 3000 or are a new library in a town with     3000 or fewer.

3) If they are a 501 (c) (3) library in any area of the state.


To receive funds, libraries will need to;

1) Submit their annual report to the state library and have it accepted.  

2) Be a public library or developing library according to NMAC/state library definitions.

3) Submit a request for disbursement of endowment funds along with their annual report.

4)File a report on how the funds were used.

If my understanding is correct, these rules follow the intent of the original bill.

Shel Neymark

New Mexico Rural Library Endowment

PO Box 25

Embudo NM 87531





A link to the recorded November 30, 2021, public hearing is posted below.

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