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Appointment Process | New Member Handbook

Poudre River Public Library District Trustees are volunteers, jointly appointed by the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to govern the Poudre River Public Library District. The Board adopts and oversees the budget, formulates bylaws and policies, conducts strategic planning, and hires and evaluates the library executive director.

Guided by its mission statement, the seven-member Board of Trustees is committed to representing the interests of residents, practicing responsible fiscal management of public funds, and delivering quality services that are responsive to the needs of Northern Colorado.

If a potential Trustee candidate has questions or would like additional information, please contact a Trustee or attend a Board of Trustee meeting. The Board meets the 2nd Monday of the month and the public is encouraged to attend. Exact meeting dates, times and locations are available on the District's website: Other information including past minutes, budget and financial figures, annual reports, Trustee terms, Trustee committees and strategic planning documents are also posted on the web site.

A candidate should be familiar with the bylaws, code of ethics, policies and handbooks of the District prior to applying for a vacancy. This information—as well as terms and length of service--is available on the District's website:

Prospective Trustees should be aware of the following criteria. A Trustee must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age and be a resident within the District service area.
  • Be knowledgeable and interested in the issues surrounding and community potential of public libraries.
  • Be willing to commit the time necessary to carry out the duties of a Trustee. This includes time necessary to attend Board of Trustee meetings. It also includes availability to attend library programs and time needed to fulfill Board assignments.
  • Understand the local community, its social and cultural needs.
  • Be able to withstand pressures, prejudice, and provincialism that would restrict or prevent equal library service to all.
  • Be able to work toward a common goal with others—the Board, the Executive Director, District staff and members of library support organizations.
  • Be genuinely interested in advocating for public libraries and understand the importance of public libraries in meeting the educational, recreational, and informational needs of our community.
The Larimer County Commissioners and the City of Fort Collins will advertise and actively seek applicants to fill any vacancy that occurs. After interviewing applicants, a nominee will be selected for each vacancy. A criminal background check will be preformed and must be successfully passed before a nominee’s name will be submitted to the appointing bodies for their ratification.

Poudre River Public Library District, 301 Olive Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, (970) 221-6740
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