Building capacity in Idaho's communities depends in part on knowledgeable boards of trustees. ICfL equips library board members with necessary resources to help them fulfill the responsibilities they accept when becoming trustees. A board of trustees creates policy; sets and oversees an operating budget; hires, supervises, and works as a team with a director; and makes sure that their communities are well represented and informed about the library.

Resources for Trustees

Idaho Trustee Manual

The purpose of the Idaho Commission for Libraries Idaho Trustee Manual for public libraries is to provide a convenient and reliable information source for current and prospective trustees and library directors on issues concerning public libraries and boards of trustees. This manual links to many valuable resources, as well as sample policies and forms. Click on the links in the Table of Contents to a view a specific topic, such as orientation, boardmanship, ethics, elections, and roles and responsibilities.

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ICfL Library Consultants

Library boards also have access to Library Consultants at ICfL who can provide orientation for new board members and guide them to resources to help them fulfill their legal responsibilities. Learn More

Idaho Library Laws

Idaho Library Laws, published by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, contains Idaho code regarding public libraries, library districts, and trustees. Read Entire Manual.


Digital literacy and digital inclusion are playing larger roles in the type of programming and methods of information delivery of within a public library.  Learn More

WebJunction Idaho

The Trustee section of WebJunction Idaho at Webjunction has links to a plethora of information on the politics of library boards, working with the board, roles and responsibilities, recruitment, orientation, and training.


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