Board of Trustees

The Princeton Public Library is governed by an independent Board of Trustees as stipulated in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated, Title 40, Chapter 54, Libraries and Reading Rooms.

The Board consists of nine members: seven appointed by the mayor of Princeton and two members designated by statute: the mayor of Princeton and the Superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools or their designees. Appointed Board members serve five-year terms, statutory appointments are one-year terms.

Role of the Board

The Board of Trustees is the legally designated governing board for the Princeton Public Library responsible for the overall welfare of the library and the customers it serves.  The Board’s responsibilities are defined by New Jersey State Statute and include establishment of library policies, fiduciary oversight, and hiring the library’s executive director.

Library Trustees 2020

Liz Lempert, Mayor Edward Felten
Ruth Miller, President Edwina Hawes
Jennifer Jang, Vice President Yamile Slebi
Barak Bar-Cohen, Treasurer Pamela Wakefield
Robert Ginsberg, PPS Designee

The Board invites teen liaisons to attend its meetings. Interested teens complete an application and are selected on a competitive basis. The teen liaisons attend all public portions of the meetings and participate in the discussion.


The Board approved the library’s Bylaws at the September 15, 2018 meeting.

Library Policies and Procedures: Policy and Procedures Manual

Meeting Schedule and Board Minutes

Board meetings are held at the Princeton Public Library on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noticed. The Board of Trustees complies with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. Members of the public and press are invited to attend.

Due to the state of emergency in New Jersey regarding COVID-19, the corresponding closure of the library, and pursuant to A-3850/S-2294 (Approved P.L.2020, c.11., 3/20/2020), Princeton Public Library board meetings will be conducted by electronic means.

2020 Meetings

January 15
June 17 @ 5 p.m.
notice, minutes
February 11 (Emergency Meeting)
notice, minutes
July 15 – Rescheduled
July 22 @ 5 p.m. – notice, minutes
February 19 – notice, minutes August 19 – Canceled
March 13 (Emergency Meeting) – notice, minutes September 16 @ 5 p.m. – notice
March 18 – Canceled October 21 @ 5 p.m. – notice
April 22 – Canceled November 18 @ 5 p.m. – notice
May 6 @ 5 p.m. – notice, minutes December 16 @ 5 p.m. – notice


2019 Meetings

January 16
notice, minutes
August 21
no meeting scheduled
February 20
Canceled due to weather
September 18
notice, minutes
February 25 (Emergency Meeting)
October 3 (Special Meeting)
February 27 (Special Meeting)
notice, minutes
October 4 (Special Meeting)
March 20
notice, minutes
October 11 (Special Meeting)
April 17
notice, minutes
October 16
notice, minutes
May 15
notice, minutes
November 7 (Special Meeting)
June 19
notice, minutes
November 20
notice, minutes
July 17
notice, minutes
December 18
notice, minutes

Minutes of prior meetings are available in the library’s Administration Office. Contact Karen Rackley, 609-924-9529, ext. 1250, or

OPRA Request Form