§10-1-11a. Effect of article on existing laws.
Nothing in this article shall be construed to abolish or
abridge any power or duty conferred upon any public library already
established by virtue of any city or town charter or other special
act, or to affect any existing local laws allowing or providing
municipal aid to libraries. Any library now operating under any
city or town charter or other special act has, however, the
privilege of reorganizing under the provisions of this article.
All powers granted herein shall be considered to be conferred
upon public libraries existing at the time of the passage of this
Any provision concerning the disbursement of funds including
the designation of the depository of the library funds or of the
library board's disbursing officer contained in this article may be
adopted by a library board organized under the provisions of this
article, notwithstanding any other provisions of law.