The District of Columbia Public Library was created in 1896 by an Act of Congress. It was set up as an independent agency that would serve as the “people’s university.” Congress established a Board of Library Trustees to set policy for the library to maintain that independence.
The Board of Trustees of the Library is composed of nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the D.C. City Council for a maximum of two five-year terms.
Attend a Board Meeting
If you would like to be notified of changes to the board meeting schedule, please complete this form to receive updates. Otherwise, all meetings will take place according to the schedule shown below.
Upcoming Board of Trustee Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Library Trustees are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month and these meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library unless noted otherwise, and are viewable on the Library's YouTube page.
- May 24 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
- July 26 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
- Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
- Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
Upcoming Committee Meetings
- Programs, Partnerships, and Performance Committee Meeting
- Finance and Budget Committee Meeting
June 27 at 1 p.m. via Webex Virtual Platform
- Facilities Committee Meeting
June 27 at 12:00 p.m. via Webex Virtual Platform