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Library Commission

The Library Commission was established in 1917 in the Charter of the city of Boulder, Colorado:  Article IX: Advisory Commissions , Sections 130, 132-134.

The function of the commission is further defined in the Boulder Revised Code (BRC),  2-3-8 Library Commission .

  • The library commission of the City of Boulder consists of five members appointed by the city council for five-year terms.
  • The City Charter gives the Library Commission the following powers:
    • Adopt bylaws, rules, or policies for its guidance and governance;
    • Provide advice to assist in preparation and revision of a master plan for the development and maintenance of a modern library system within the city;
    • Review annually the library budget prepared by the library director prior to its submittal to the city manager and make recommendations regarding approval or modification of the same;
    • Review periodically the library director's operational service plans and make comments and recommendations;
    • Make recommendations to the library director and the city council on library facilities, including capital improvements, maintenance of existing facilities, and need for new facilities;
    • Review the library director's annual report and make comments and recommendations;
    • Represent the library to the community and the community to the library with the goal of building awareness, understanding and support;
    • Take steps as the library commission may deem feasible to encourage grants or gifts in support of the library; and
    • Oversee specific monies within the Library Fund that originate from gifts, bequests or donations.

The Library Commission generally meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, in the Canyon Meeting Room .

  • Director of Library and Arts - David Farnan at 303-441-3104

The Library Commission consists of five members appointed by City Council, each to a five-year term.

Library Commission Members

Tim O'Shea (chair) [email protected]


Juana Gomez (vice chair) [email protected] 303-499-9505 2016-2021
Joel Koenig [email protected] 720-979-1104 2017-2022
Jane Sykes-Wilson [email protected]   2018-2023

Steven Frost

[email protected]




Upcoming Commission Meetings

The Library Commission generally meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

  • Dec. 4, 2019 - Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Canyon Meeting Room