Board of Library Trustees
Important Notice: Effective Nov. 18, 2009, the public participation process at the Board of Library Trustees meetings has changed. More information is available in the revised public comments procedures.
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 comprised of nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city. The mayor appoints board members. They are confirmed by the D.C. City Council for a maximum of two five-year terms.
If you have any questions or comments, please send an email.
- Board Meeting Schedule and Documents
- Committee Meeting Schedule
- Board Approved Policies
- Public Comments Procedures