Who Are the Library Trustees?

The Library Trustees Association of New York State (LTA) was chartered by the Board of Regents over 35 years ago, and is governed by a board of up to 23 members, each of whom is a library trustee representing a library system.

In New York State there are 7,000 library and library system trustees who are responsible for governing 755 local and public libraries and 23 library systems with 1,100 facilities.

Benefits of Membership …

Trustee Institute

The annual Trustee Institute, held each May, is a weekend workshop with sessions for trustees with all levels of experience.

Topics include information on policy making, budget building, greening your library, library director evaluation, branding your library, teen programming, fund raising, and legal issues.

for Library Trustees in New York State

This useful publication offers a concise explanation of the roles and responsibilities of library trustees.

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Our quarterly newsletter, mailed directly to LTA members, covers library news pertinent to trustees.

It shares library issues and trends affecting library service.


The internet location for Trustee materials.

Monthly updates with important news, learning opportunities and the policy database.

It shares trends and issues affecting library service.

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Trustee On-line Discussion Group

All trustees are welcome to post questions, seek advice or give opinions on our listserv.

To join go to lta@watpa.org.

Library Advocacy among State Leaders

We are the voice in Albany of the trustees who make public library service possible.

We bring the concerns of public and association library trustees to state leaders, and we participate in the formulation of public library policy.

Memberships and sponsors fund LTA's work to support trustees.

Memberships and sponsors fund LTA’s work to support trustees. Trustees gain membership once their library has joined LTA. Fees are based on library budgets.