Posted on February 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

State legislators in Illinois and Rhode Island are considering bills that aim to help libraries receive fair e-lending terms.

Publishers Weekly reports that Illinois's bill is brand new, while Rhode Island's is a reintroduction of a previous effort.

It listed some of the details of the Illinois bill, which would cover licenses paid for with "public funds" and says that "reasonable" terms for licenses "may include" library prices "no more than 100% of the list retail price offered to consumers" for metered access titles.

The bills are similar to those passed in Maryland and New York (whose governor later vetoed its version), and Illinois's borrows from an amendment being considered to possible legislation in Massachusetts. 

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