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 Andrew Erlichson
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.

2020 Meetings

January 15* – notice July 15
February 19 August 19
March 18 September 16
April 22* October 21
May 20 November 18
June 17 December 16

*Meeting to be held in the Story Room, Third Floor

2019 Meetings

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