Library Bonds

The Friends encourage all eligible voters to study state and county Library Bond proposals, consider the community benefits, and vote.

  • Generally every four years, the State of New Mexico seeks voter approval to create and sell a Government Obligation (“GO”) Bond. If approved by the voters, GO Bond sale proceeds are typically proportionately distributed to municipal libraries and public school libraries in New Mexico.
  • Also generally every four years, Sandoval County seeks voter approval to create and sell a Library Improvements Bond.

How does our community benefit from libraries? The following downloadable documents from 2010 provide some specifics: What Good Libraries Mean for Sandoval County, and Rio Rancho public library statistics for January-December 2009.


According to the Bookfriends, 2014, Vol. II, page 1 box entitled “Your Library Needs Your Support for the Sandoval County & State of NM Library Bond Issues!”:

“The Rio Rancho libraries greatly depend on monies from these bonds to provide:

  • the total cost of purchasing ALL books, including audio & eBooks, magazines, DVDs, & CDs for the next 4 years!
  • the total cost of public use computers & printers.
  • the total cost of running the automated system to check-out & check-in items you borrow.”

In 2014, as in previous years, voting can be as Absentee Voting by Mail, Absentee In-Person, Early Voting, or on Election Day (Nov. 4, 2014). Please contact the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office if you have questions.