The county board shall direct, operate and manage the county library system. A county library board consisting of 11 members who reside in the county library service area shall be appointed by the county board. For the first three years following the merger of the Minneapolis Public Library and the Hennepin County library system, three of the members shall be residents of the city of Minneapolis. When appointing members of the county library board who are residents of the city of Minneapolis, the county board must consult with the Minneapolis mayor and city council. The library board shall provide advice and make recommendations on any matter pertaining to the library system to the county board and the library director and shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated to it by the county board, which may include, but are not limited to, the establishment of rules governing library operations, review of the annual operating budget for submission to the county board, development of a long-range plan and acceptance of gift and trust funds. The library board shall determine the contents of the collections of the library system and shall be responsible for the use of library meeting rooms.
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