Public libraries in Kentucky have been established using various statutes. The majority of these libraries are districts with taxing authority and are governed by a board of five trustees. There are many reporting requirements to which all libraries are subject, regardless of the method of formation. There are also some requirements that apply only to those libraries formed as local taxing districts, now defined as Special Purpose Governmental Entities.
This section touches on the highlights of governance of the public library. There are many statutes that apply to the duties and ways in which the board must operate. For more in-depth discussion on the board’s part in library governance, it is suggested that the library director become familiar with the Kentucky Public Library Trustee Manual [currently under revision and unavailable].
If you have other questions regarding Kentucky public library administrator resources, contact Susan Dunman by email at Susan.Dunman@ky.gov or by phone at 270-210-0565.
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