New York State Library

Library and Library System Trustees

This page contains information, tools, and resources for Public Library, Public Library System, and Reference and Research Library System Trustees.


Library trustees play a keenly important role in shepherding the dedicated and prudent use of library resources. Always striving to provide the best service which benefits and supports the entire community, trustees must make policy, personnel and fiscal decisions crucial to a positive direction for the library. While delegating the day-to-day activities to competent staff, the library trustees must always be mindful of how their decisions impact the lives of people and the future of their community. As public officers, library trustees carry an essential and vital set of fiduciary and legal responsibilities.

Tools and Trainings

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

The 2023 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State provides advice, guidance and practical information to help trustees succeed in their important stewardship and governance roles.

Trustee Webinars

View previous trustee webinar recordings and presentation materials in the webinar archive, or check out newly scheduled programs posted to the NYS Library Upcoming Programs page.

Trustee Resources

Trustee Education Requirements

Public Library Trustees and Oaths of Office

Statement on the Governance Role of a Trustee or Board Member (NYSED)

Library Trustees Association of New York State

Last Updated: May 1, 2024