Maine Library Trustee Handbook

Handbook Last Revised in July 2018

This handbook is designed to help Maine library trustees in their roles of being an effective board member and library advocate. Each chapter includes sources of additional information that can help if you run into an issue or question not addressed.

The Maine State Library thanks the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for their generosity in allowing us to modify the entire contents of their Trustee Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Trustees for use Maine.

Each library will receive one copy of the handbook. Extra copies can be obtained either by downloading the files below or for $11 per copy via van delivery or $15 per copy through the mail. If you have questions or would like more information, contact your district consultant:

Download the Maine Library Trustee Handbook

Download Full Library Trustee Handbook (PDF, 33.8 MB)

Download Chapters from Library Trustee Handbook

Each segment of the handbook can be downloaded individually in PDF format below:

  • Report Cover (24758 kB) 
  • Revision and Contact Information (398 kB) 
  • Table of Contents (258 kB) 
  • Introduction (286 kB) 
  • Chapter 1: What is a Library? (479 kB) 
  • Chapter 2: Types of Boards (450 kB) 
  • Chapter 3: The Trustee Job Description (374 kB) 
  • Chapter 4: Who Runs the Library? (462 kB) 
  • Chapter 5: Bylaws—Organizing the Board for Effective Action (376 kB) 
  • Chapter 6: Effective Board Meetings and Trustee Participation (577 kB) 
  • Chapter 7: Hiring a Library Director (278 kB) 
  • Chapter 8: Evaluating the Director (565 kB) 
  • Chapter 9: The Library Board and Library Personnel (272 kB) 
  • Chapter 10: Developing the Library Budget (467 kB) 
  • Chapter 11: Managing the Library’s Money (588 kB) 
  • Chapter 12: Developing Essential Library Policies (480 kB) 
  • Chapter 13: Planning for the Library’s Future (473 kB) 
  • Chapter 14: Library Standards (264 kB) 
  • Chapter 15: Library Advocacy (266 kB) 
  • Chapter 16: The Library Board - Open Meetings and Public Records (267 kB) 
  • Chapter 17: Boards of Charitable Corporation and Nonprofit Libraries (366 kB) 
  • Chapter 18: Membership in the Maine Regional Library System (274 kB) 
  • Chapter 19: Library Building and Services Accessibility (380 kB) 
  • Chapter 20: Library Friends Groups (267 kB) 
  • Chapter 21: Trustee Orientation and Continuing Education (374 kB) 
  • Chapter 22: The Library Advisory Board (492 kB) 
  • Appendices Index (245 kB) 
  • Appendix A (1985 kB) 
  • Appendix B (568 kB) 
  • Appendix C (446 kB) 
  • Appendix D (6467 kB) 
  • Bibliography (349 kB)