Building capacity in Idaho's communities depends in part on knowledgeable boards of trustees. Idaho Commission for Libraries (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.

There is much for anyone in the role of public library trustee to learn. Below are some important resources to review to assist any trustee in maximizing their performance.

Resources for Trustees


Continuing Education Grants for Trustees

Brochure outlining grants available for trustee training through ICfL.


District Library Elections

2015 District Library Elections Calendar

FAQS for District Library Elections


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, ICRMP PowerPoint overview includes exempt and non-exempt worker definitions, penalties for non-compliance, records, travel, training, and volunteers. (Source:

ICfL Library Consultants

Access 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

 ICfL Trustee LibGuide

Online guide which covers the wide range of training topics for trustees of Idaho public libraries.

Idaho Trustee Manual

The purpose of the ICfL 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.

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Idaho Library Laws

Idaho Library Laws, published by ICfL, contains Idaho code regarding public libraries, library districts, and trustees. Read Entire Manual.

Idaho Open Meeting Law Manual

Idaho Code ยงยง74-201 through 74-208: July 2015

Poverty Discussion

Online webinar discussing the impact of poverty on library services.

Internet Use in Public Libraries

Guide for setting policies regarding Internet use in the public library.

State of Idaho's Libraries

This 20 minute video highlights the valuable work that Idaho libraries are doing and offers a statewide perspective on the important role of libraries. Comment on the overview at

Trustees' Roles and Responsibilities

A quick guide to the roles and responsibilities for public library trustees.

Trustee Toolkit: Hiring a New Director

Resources for public library trustees when faced with the important task of hiring a new leader to run their library.