Board Resources

Resources for Library Directors and Board Members:

Professional Collection (located in workroom of the District Center).  All titles are available for loan.   Subjects include: writing policies, fundraising, non-profit board solutions (Board Café) and Board Source; small library administration and management; children’s & YA programming & services; Friends of the Library; PR, IF (Intellectual Freedom); Copyright; as well as various textbooks needed for library assistant certification courses.

State Library Website

PA Library Laws:  The NEW Library Code was approved by the Legislature November 2012.  The Regulations that are in place are the “old” ones, written for the previous Code.  Where there is a difference, the NEW Code supersedes the Regulation.

Information for Trustees

Handbook for Non-Profit Organizations:  PA Attorney General

The Trustee Toolkit

 Online newsletter for boards.  (“Short enough to read over a cup of coffee”.)

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries

Pennsylvania Library Association

American Library Association

District Center website


District Library Board Surveys 2019:                                                            

Executive Summary Fundraising Culture Survey

Fundraising Culture of Boards 2019 Survey Results


Library Board Checklist MT 2019

Policies & Laws Resources 2018 MT

Policies Checklist 2018 PDF

Leadership by Design Overview Handout OCL 2016

Board Training Manual: “Getting on Board”

Roles of Library Trustees

Role of Board vs Exec Director

Nonprofit Board Evaluation

Board Self Assessment Jean Block

Other Resources:

Online training/webinars:    Library Trustees have FREE access to WebJunction courses and webinars.  WebJunction also offers articles and other resources of importance to libraries.

The Compendium:  Online news and updates for PA’s libraries from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  You can subscribe to updates, find training opportunities, and keep current on what is happening around the state.


Each District Center Library has a Professional Collection that contains topics of interest for Library Trustees.  Topics include:  Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, By Laws, Governance, Fundraising and Development, Leadership, Strategic Planning…  Books are able to be placed on hold and can be delivered to your local library.