Library Board

Current serving members:
Samantha Stewart
Tammy Riggs
Jamie Newton
Grace Lorenz

Ordinance Number 2678 requires the Guthrie Library Board to consist of five citizens of the City of Guthrie who reside within the corporate limits. All members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. Members serve a three-year term.

Agenda for next meeting:

Library Board Meetings are held once per quarter Thursday of the Month at 5:30pm.  Future meetings:

  • Thursday, January 18th 5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 18th 5:30pm
  • Thursday, July 18th 5:30pm
  • Thursday, October 17th 5:30pm

Powers and Duties of the Library Board

The Guthrie Public Library Board shall:

  • Act in an advisory capacity to the Director of Library Services on all policy matters.
  • Promote the services of the library in the community.
  • Become familiar with state and local library laws.
  • Assist in the hiring of the Director of Library Services by participating in the recruitment and interview process and making a recommendation to the City Manager.
  • Review the proposed annual program of services and capital improvement requests following preparation by the Director of Library Services.


The authority of a municipal library board is given to it by the City Council through the ordinance that establishes the library. Such a board is advisory and does not govern the library.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Establishes a regular schedule for its meetings. In accordance with the Open Meeting Law, the time and place of these meetings is provided to the city government and is posted in a public place.
  • Develops and adopts the bylaws by which it will operate and conduct meetings.
  • Elects its officers. These may include President, Vice President and Secretary. Because the board is advisory, it does not handle money and does not need a Treasurer.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Responsible for establishing the policies of the library. Because the board represents the public, it will establish policies for the library that suit the citizens of its community.
  • Assists the director in administering the library through established board committees. These may include a budget committee to assist in budget preparation, and a public relations committee to assist in bringing the library’s message to people’s attention.
  • Engages in short and long-range planning for the library. Board members learn about libraries and library issues and keep themselves informed on trends, changes, problems and opportunities.

Advocacy Responsibilities

  • Serve as library advocates. Board members promote the library at all times through their daily activities. They offer their endorsement and support for the library’s budget request. They lobby for library support through such activities as ODL’s Library Legislative Day.
  • Serve as a contact point for citizens who want to offer suggestions for the operation of their library.

Minutes from previous meetings:

2022 Library Board Minutes April

2021 Library Board Minutes July

2021 Library Board Minutes April

2021 Library Special Meeting Minutes May

2021 Library Board Minutes January

2020 Library Board Minutes October

2020 Library Board Minutes September

2020 Special Library Board Minutes August

2020 Library Board Minutes July

2020 Library Board Minutes April

2020 Board Minutes January

2019 Board Minutes October

2019 Library Board Minutes July

2019 Library Board Minutes April

2019 Library Board Minutes March

2019 Library Board Minutes February

2019 Library Board Minutes January

2018 July Library Board Minutes

2018 January Library Board Minutes

2017 October Library Board Minutes

Guthrie Public Library Board Agenda July 2017

September 21 2017 GPL Board Special Meeting Minutes

2017 Library Board Minutes July 2017 minutes

January 2017 Guthrie Public Library Board Minutes


2015 Library Board Minutes_10_15
2015 Library Board Minutes_07-23
2015 Library Board Minutes-05_14
2015 Library Board Minutes-04_23
2015 Library Board Minutes-01_15