FAQs


Aren’t you part of the Library?
Aren’t you the same thing as the Trustees?
What are your policies?
What became of my donated book?
Whom do I contact?
Why do you charge so much for late fees?
Why donate to the Friends? / Why join the Friends?

 



What are your policies on:

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Why do you charge so much for late fees?

The Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho is not the Library. We are a completely separate entity. We are a nonprofit business whose mission is to encourage support and expand community involvement with Rio Rancho’s public libraries’ services and facilities. The management of Rio Rancho’s public Library System sets and modifies late fees, and other fees, as it deems appropriate.

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Aren’t you part of the Library?

No. The Library system, comprised of Loma Colorado Main Library and Esther Bone Memorial Library, is a department within the City government. City budgets include expenses for these library facilities and employee payroll.

The Friends is a nonprofit organization that raises public awareness of, and for the use of, these facilities. We also raise funds for literacy programs, which ultimately increase the use of these facilities, and for many programs that library staff believe are of interest to the greater Rio Rancho community and encourage awareness of and further the use of library facilities and services.

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Aren’t you the same thing as the Trustees?

No. The Trustees comprise of City appointed representatives from the six council districts within Rio Rancho. Their purpose is to advise the City Council (the six District Councilors and the City Mayor) on library issues. The Trustees are not a fund-raising organization.

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Why donate to the Friends? / Why join the Friends?

The City of Rio Rancho owns, staffs, manages and is responsible for the public libraries in Rio Rancho. Taxes and fees collected by and State library bond distributions received by the City of Rio Rancho fund its library system facilities, employees and consultants. Current laws and regulations make direct monetary donations to the library actually the possession of the City with no guarantee that any portion of said donation will be used by or for the library. Such donations are not tax deductible.

The Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho, Inc. receives gifts, donations and raises money on behalf of library services that benefit Rio Rancho’s residents. Money and items donated to, and accepted by, the Friends of the Library are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Receipts for donations are available for tax deduction reporting purposes.

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What became of my donated book?

The Friends of the Library and Rio Rancho’s library staff work closely together to ensure that the Library benefits from your donations of books, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Click here to read “What Happens to My Donations? –A Librarian’s Perspective”.

The remaining donated items are sorted and priced by the Friends for inclusion in our shops or in our mega book sales.

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Whom do I contact about:

  • joining the Advisory Council?
  • joining the Board of Directors?
  • the Books for Babies program?

For the above, please contact us via this form.

Board Inquiry
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  • volunteering? Please contact us via this form.
Volunteer Opportunities Inquiry
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  4. Interest(s)
 

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