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Bond Issue C will build academic library collections

New Mexico State University's main campus library and its branches will receive more than $800,000 if general obligation (GO) Bond Issue C is passed by New Mexico voters on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Issue C is a $16.3 million statewide bond package that will fund the purchase of library books and other materials in New Mexico. Funding for academic, public, school and state libraries is included in the package.

If passed, the package will provide $3.9 million for college and university libraries to supplement their acquisition budgets. This amount will allow the purchase of about $50 worth of materials, or one to two library books, for each full-time student enrolled in New Mexico colleges and universities.

According to the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries, "academic books and journals are very expensive. Since these libraries are the heart of our learning community and support student learning and research, updated books and non-Internet journals are critically important to the quality of higher education in New Mexico."

The GO Bond Issue C proposal was endorsed by the State Library Commission and the New Mexico Library Association.

For more information on GO Bond Issue C, visit the New Mexico 2004 Library Books Bond Issue Web site at http://www.nmbooksbond.org or call the NMSU Library Administration at (505) 646-1508.