Library Board of Trustees

Library Board Minutes


    Join Our Board of Trustees

    The BCPL Board of Trustees is an integral part of furthering the libraries mission and goals. Key functions of the board members include:

    • Promoting and advocating for the BCPL in the community
    • Attending monthly board meetings
    • Determining policies and rules regarding BCPL’s use
    • Learning about issues affecting the library and acting in good faith with the best interest of the organization in mind
    • Ensuring that the library provides the best possible service to the community

    Currently the BCPL Board of Trustees meets on the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 am, alternative meeting times are open for discussion. Trustees must live in Broome County.   Interested candidates to serve on the board should send a resume to BCPLtrustees@gmail.com or mail to:

    Broome County Public Library Board of Trustees
    Attn: Nominating Committee
    185 Court Street
    Binghamton, NY 13901


    The Library Board of Trustees

    This is the governing body of the Library, consisting of 11 members from all over Broome County. The Board’s role is to see that the library is well managed in a manner consistent with the law and with the policies that they have established. The duties of the library trustees are few in number, but broad in scope. They require the ability to select a qualified library director, to develop sound policies, to assure adequate financing and money management, to be good public relations representatives – strong library advocates, and to plan and evaluate established goals. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the first Thursday of every month at 8:30a.m. in the Library board room, 2nd floor. The public is welcome.  2019 Dates: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July Canceled, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5.


    BCPL Policy on Public Comment at Board Meetings

    Public Comment Policy

    The BCPL Board of Trustees ("Board") welcomes relevant constructive comment from the public at its meetings. So that the process will be efficient and productive, the following protocol is established.

    A "Public Comment" line will be included in the agenda for regular Board of Trustees' meetings which will be placed after Amendments to the Agenda.
    Public comments, and any matter submitted, where a response is requested from the Board must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) and submitted to BCPL's director at least five (5) business days prior to the next Board meeting. The total time for public comments will be limited to twenty (20) minutes, with each person limited up to five (5) minutes. Priority recognition will be given to those persons who have not previously addressed the Board.
    Written inquiries sent to the Board, or comments made at Board meetings, must be relevant to the Board's functions and responsibilities, i.e. library's mission, policy, finances, strategic planning, and must not address issues to which the Board has responded in the previous nine (9) months, a determination of which will be made by the chair.
    This policy is subject to cancelation or modification, at any time, in the discretion of the Board.

    This policy will be published on BCPL's Web site, will be available at BCPL's administration office, and will be handed out to the public at Board meetings.

    BCPL's administration and staff are also available to hear and respond to public comments. To submit a comment to BCPL directly, rather than the Board of Trustees, please write to: bcpl@co.broome.ny.us