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Boulder Library District (approved by voters in 2022)

Next Meeting of the Library District Board

The Board of Trustees of the Boulder Public Library District, City and County of Boulder, State of Colorado, will hold a regular meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at the Boulder Public Library, Canyon Meeting Room, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado. The meeting will be held for the purpose of conducting such business as may come before the Board. The meeting is open to the Public via the following Zoom link:

May 30 Meeting Notice

Previous Meetings

The first meeting of the newly appointed Library District Board of Trustees took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

May 16 2023 Meeting Packet
Library District Status Report May 16 2023

Board Appointments

In March 2023, the Boulder City Council and the Board of County Commissioners for Boulder County invited residents to apply to serve on the Boulder Public Library District Board of Trustees. The Selection Committee for the Boulder Public Library District initial board of trustees sought applicants with a strong background in the services provided by the Boulder Public Library (BPL).

Applications closed at 5pm on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

The Boulder County Board of County Commissioners ratified the appointments of seven board members at a Business Meeting on May 2, 2023 and Boulder City Council ratified the appointments at their May 4 meeting:

5 year term: Benita Duran City of Boulder
5 year term: Jennifer Yee Unincorporated Boulder County
4 year term: Sylvia Wirba City of Boulder
4 year term: Doug Hamilton City of Boulder
3 year term: Cara O’Brien Unincorporated Boulder County
2 year term: Sam Fuqua City of Boulder
1 year term: Joni Teter City of Boulder

Library District Board

Desirable qualifications for candidates included an understanding of financial matters, and experience with real and personal property acquisition and disposition. Library district trustees are expected to be committed to the long-term financial and programmatic success of the library district. Library district trustees must be at least 18 years of age and a resident within the legal service area of the library district.

The initial library district board of trustees will represent the library district in negotiating an intergovernmental agreement addressing the transfer to the library district of the assets and liabilities held by the City of Boulder for the benefit of BPL, including all real and personal property; transitional costs and cost reimbursement; the provision of support and technology services during the transition; the transfer of BPL employees to the library district; and the other rights and responsibilities of the parties. The intergovernmental agreement may include other aspects of governance.

The library district board of trustees serve without pay but will be reimbursed for necessary travel and expenses directly related to service. A total of seven trustees will be selected: one trustee for a one-year term, one for a two-year term, one for a three-year term, two trustees for four-year terms, and two trustees for five-year terms.

The library district board of trustees will adopt bylaws, rules and regulations for its own guidance, and policies for the governance of the library district. The trustees employ a director and other employees at the director’s recommendation as necessary. A full list of the powers and duties of the library district board of trustees can found on the county’s website. The Colorado Public Library Board & Trustee Handbook has additional information and resources for a library district board of trustees, and can be found on the Colorado Department of Education website.

It is anticipated that the initial library district board of trustees will meet twice per month, generally during the day or early evening starting early May 2023, for one to three hours per meeting. There will likely be additional work outside regularly scheduled board meetings.

The initial library district board of trustees were selected by the Selection Committee which is made up of two Boulder City Council members and two Commissioners of the Board of County Commissioners for Boulder County. The trustees must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Boulder City Council and a two-thirds majority of the Board of County Commissioners for Boulder County

Boulder County Commissioners’ Acting Chief of Staff Natalie Springett can be reached by email or phone at 720-564-2840 to help address questions about the district.

2022 Ballot Measure

In 2022, a proposal for a Boulder Library District was submitted to the Boulder County Board of Commissioners and Boulder City Council by a group of residents who circulated a petition (pursuant to Colorado Library Law, C.R.S. 24-90-107) and obtained the required number of at least 100 signatures. By state law, it was the Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) duty to place the question on the ballot on behalf of the Library District that was requesting to be formed and funded.

Read the resolutions below for the full text of the ballot measure, including recitals that provide background information:


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