UNDER SECTION 402 OF THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION LAW:
FIRST: The name of the corporation is: The Serving Library Company, Inc.
SECOND: The corporation is a corporation as defined in subparagraph (a)(5) of Section 102 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and shall be a Type C corporation under Section 201 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law. The corporation shall have no members.
THIRD: The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is formed are as follows:
a) To provide a facilitating structure for publishing, archiving, and related activities rooted in the fields of design and art, in direct response to the inflexibility of existing publishing channels;
b) To develop and maintain an extensive online website as a public archive of Portable Document Format (PDF) texts made available for download at www.servinglibrary.org, according to a regular publication schedule;
c) To publish a biannual journal as the Bulletins of The Serving Library, which addresses ideas related to publishing;
d) To found and maintain a physical library location with a specialized collection of books comprising a core of knowledge that is specific to the fields of art and design, and to the productively gray area between the two disciplines;
e) To host a design residency program for artists and designers at The Serving Library building for temporary periods in order to use the library facilities to pursue self-directed projects and to participate in developing and teaching workshops;
f) To develop freely distributed informational materials for use by the public, based on the Bauhaus Foundation Course, as reconceived through the standard toolbox of contemporary design software;
g) To provide a physical facility inside The Serving Library building to host visiting groups of students from other art and design programs for workshops led by The Serving Library Company residents, and to stage exhibitions, events, and other public programs;
h) To conduct all lawful activities, which may be related to, or useful in accomplishing, the foregoing purposes.
i) The public objective of the corporation is to enable a diverse community of designers, artists, writers, researchers, and others to address the urgency of contemporary publishing proactively and productively, by providing online, print and physical venues through which the evolving material and social mechanics of contemporary publishing can be considered and affected outside the expectations fostered by the habitual trajectory of commercial publishing and distribution; and by reclaiming the concept of the library—whether online or physically sited—as a space for public use, where resources are pooled to generate and maintain a network of shared information that serves the common interests of a committed community. This objective is pursued broadly and publicly by the corporation to the best of its abilities for the edification of international audiences whose cultural interests span many disciplines.
FOURTH: In furtherance of the foregoing purposes, the Corporation shall have all the general powers enumerated in Section 202 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law and such other powers now or hereafter permitted by law for a corporation organized for the foregoing purposes, including the power to solicit grants and contributions for any corporate purpose.
FIFTH: Notwithstanding any other provision of this certificate, the Corporation is organized exclusively for literary purposes, and shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on:
(a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as it may be amended (the “Code”); or
(b) by a corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Code.
SIXTH: The Corporation is not formed for pecuniary profit or for financial gain and no part of its assets, income or profit shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, directors, officers or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized to be reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501(c)(3) purposes.
SEVENTH: No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, except to the extent permitted by the Code, and the Corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
EIGHTH: Nothing herein shall authorize the Corporation to engage in any of the activities mentioned in Section 404(a) through (v) of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.
NINTH: The office of the corporation shall be located in the county of New York, State of New York.
TENTH: The names and addresses of the initial directors, each of whom is of full age, are as follows:
a) David Reinfurt, PO Box 1014, New York, NY 10002
b) Stuart Bailey, 272 Grace Drive, S. Pasadena, CA 91030
c) Angie Keefer, 232 Robinson Street, Hudson, NY 12534
ELEVENTH: The Secretary of State is hereby designated as agent of the Corporation upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the Corporation served upon him is: The Serving Library Company, Inc., ATTN: David Reinfurt, PO Box 1014, New York, NY 10002
TWELFTH: In the event of dissolution, all of the assets and property of the Corporation remaining after payment of expenses and the satisfaction of all liabilities shall be distributed to organizations which qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or to the Federal government or State or local governments for a public purpose, subject to the approval of a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF this certificate has been signed and the statements made herein affirmed as true under the penalties of perjury this 7th day of January, 2011.