Library Board

The Library is governed by a semi-autonomous nine-member board of trustees; which is empowered by state law and city ordinance to set policy, determine goals and objectives, direct the use of monies appropriated or gifted to the Library, and to employ staff.

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Board Meetings

The Library Board meets at 5pm on the fourth Thursday of each month, and the third Thursday in November and December.
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Board Meeting Packets

Public Comments

From the Policy 101 Bylaws: Article 6, Section 3, Public Comment. Members of the public may address the Board at the beginning of meetings during the public comment agenda item. Individual comments are limited to no more than five (5) minutes, and may be extended by the presiding officer. Library staff time will not be used to prepare materials for public comment. Individuals addressing the Board must sign in with name and address. In order to comply with open meetings laws and proper meeting procedure, Trustees cannot engage in discussion or debate during the public comment period.

Board Statements

Board Advocacy Letter on HSB678
The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees endorse this letter as a statement of the Board.
Issued March 2024

Board statement on state government reorganization bill
Current legislation to drastically change the State Library of Iowa will negatively impact public library support and funding. We believe the current citizen-led, independent commission provides the best oversight for the State Library.
Issued March 2023

Board statement on intellectual freedom
Intellectual freedom is a core value of ICPL and of the American Library Association. We stand in solidarity with libraries and library workers facing challenges and censorship.
Issued February 2022

Member Contacts

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Bonnie Boothroy
4/16/2024 - 6/30/2029

Claire Matthews
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2029

Dan Stevenson
07/01/2021 - 6/30/2027

DJ Johnk * - Vice President
07/01/19 06/30/2025

Hannah Shultz- Secretary
07/01/19 - 06/30/2025

John Raeburn *
7/1/2021 - 6/30/2027

Joseph Massa
1/11/2023 - 6/30/2027

Robin Paetzold**
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2029

Tom Rocklin - President
07/01/19 - 06/30/2025

* Member of Library Friends Foundation Board
** Johnson County representative