Board of Trustees

The Princeton Public Library is governed by an independent Board of Trustees as stipulated in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated, Title 40, Chapter 54, Libraries and Reading Rooms.

The Board consists of nine members: seven appointed by the mayor of Princeton and two members designated by statute: the mayor of Princeton and the Superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools or their designees. Appointed Board members serve five-year terms, statutory appointments are one-year terms.

Role of the Board

The Board of Trustees is the legally designated governing board for the Princeton Public Library responsible for the overall welfare of the library and the customers it serves.  The Board’s responsibilities are defined by New Jersey State Statute and include establishment of library policies, fiduciary oversight, and hiring the library’s executive director.

Library Trustees 2017

Liz Lempert, Mayor Andrew Erlichson
Kevin Royer, President Audrey Gould
Pamela Wakefield, Vice President Ruth Miller
Barak Bar-Cohen, Treasurer Yamile Slebi
Robert Ginsberg, PPS Designee

The Board invites teen liaisons to attend its meetings. Interested teens complete an application and are selected on a competitive basis. The teen liaisons attend all public portions of the meetings and participate in the discussion.

2017 Organizational Plan


The Board approved the library’s Bylaws at the April 19, 2016 meeting.

Library Policies and Procedures: Policy and Procedures Manual

Meeting Schedule and Board Minutes

Board meetings are held at the Princeton Public Library on the dates and times indicated below. The Board of Trustees complies with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. Members of the public and press are invited to attend.

2017 Meetings

All meetings will be held at the Princeton Public Library on the 1st Tuesday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

January 3, Story Room – minutes July 11 – minutes
February 7, Story Room – minutes August – No meeting scheduled
March 7, Community Room – minutes September 5 – minutes
April 4, Conference Room – minutes October 3
May 2, Conference Room – minutes November 7
June 6, Conference Room – minutes December 5

2016 Meetings

January 19, 6 pm minutes July 28*, 5 pm minutes
February 16, 6 pm minutes August 31*, 5:30 pm minutes
March 15, 6 pm minutes September 20, 6 pm minutes
April 19, 6 pm minutes October 18, 6 pm minutes
April 26*, 5 pm minutes November 7, 6:30 pm minutes
May 17, 6 pm minutes December 5, 6:30 pm minutes
July 6, 6:30 pm minutes

 *Special Meeting

Minutes of prior meetings are available in the library’s Administration Office. Contact Karen Rackley, 609.924.9529, ext. 1250, or

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