The library is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Manhattan Public Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city commission (K.S.A. 12-1222). In addition to the appointed members, the mayor serves as an ex officio member of the board, which means that by virtue of the office or position, the mayor is a member. Trustees serve a four-year term and are eligible for one reappointment.
Board meetings in 2023 are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on the following dates. Any changes in the schedule or notice of special meetings will be posted below and on the library’s public bulletin board.
Library Board of Trustees
The duties of the Board of Trustees are defined by K.S.A. 12-1225. Trustees approve library policy and serve on finance, building and grounds, legislative, and policy and planning committees. The library board hires and evaluates the library director.
Elaine Shannon – President
1st Term: 5/20/2015 – 04/30/2019
2nd Term: 5/01/2019 – 04/30/2023
Tyler Darnell – Vice President
1st Term: 06/06/2017 – 04/30/2021
2nd Term: 05/01/2021 – 04/30/2025
1st Term: 05/01/2016 – 04/30/2020
2nd Term: 05/01/2020 – 04/30/2024
1st Term: 05/01/2019 – 04/30/2023