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NYC School Librarian Guidebook: Budget

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How do I locate a school's library budget? 

1. Using the Search Bar at, locate the school you want the budget for. 

2. When you are on the school’s Welcome Page, click on Data and Reports in the middle of the page.

3. Scroll down and expand "Budget and Expenditure Reporting" 

4. Select "Budget Summary"

5. Scroll down to the final section, Section OTPS, and find the line that says: LIBRARY BOOKS.

How do I know if the library's budget is correct?

The minimum school library budget is based on the state formula of $6.25 per student recorded on your school’s register via the Basic Education Data System (BEDS form) as of October 31st of the previous academic year.  For example, if your student population is 500, your budget would be $3125.00 (500 x $6.25).

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