Trustees

Being a library trustee is a great way to contribute to  your community.  Library trustees are the unsung heroes of the library world.  This page is intended to collect useful information and links.

Trustee Handbook

The New York State Trustee Handbook has been newly revised and updated!  The handbook was revised in by Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, with help from:

Public Library System Directors Organization of New York
Library Trustees Association of New York State
New York State Library
New York Library Association

It can be viewed online or downloaded in pdf.

Oath of Office

Trustees of public and school district (but not association) libraries must complete and file an Oath of Office at the beginning of each term.  If a trustee is re-appointed or re-elected for a second term, they must file another oath of office.

The oaths must be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the trustee resides.  However, oath of town library trustees may be filed either with the town or the county.

Make sure that you record the dates on which the oaths were taken, as they are now required for the annual report.

Click here for a boilerplate version of the oath of office.