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Library Board of Trustees

This 11-member group is the formal governing and policy making body responsible for overseeing the operations of the Central Library and the ten library branches within the City. It manages the Rochester Public Library, including the establishment of library policies, appointment of the Library Director, development of annual operating and capital budget requests for presentation to the City, and approval of personnel changes, contracts and agreements, claims and grant applications.


The Library is an independent, non-profit organization. The Central Library is funded by Monroe County, state aid, grants, and the Monroe County Library System. The 10 branch libraries are primarily funded by the City of Rochester.


Members must be City residents, except for one seat reserved for a Trustee from the Monroe County Library System, and one seat for a representative from the Reynolds Library. If you are interested in volunteering for a position on the board, please contact the Mayor's Office at (585) 428-6140 or the Library Director’s Office at (585) 428-8046.


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