The Division of Library Development of the NYS Education Department

IMPORTANT REMINDER: STATE LAW REQUIRES EVERY PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TO TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE

            July 1 is just around the corner!  Many library trustee terms begin on July 1. This is an important reminder that New York State Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties of a public library trustee.

            If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee’s position may be deemed vacant. See  Public Officer’s Law §30(1)(h).

            For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/pltrust/oath.htm

            Not sure whether your library is legally a public library or an association library?  Library type information is listed for every public and association library in New York State on the “Find Your Public Library” web page at:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/libs/publibs/index.html

           Questions about the legal requirement for oaths of office or about library types should be directed to your public library system director.  Questions about this email reminder or the FAQ on the State Library’s website may be directed to the Office of the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries: ppaolucc@mail.nysed.gov

            Check your Trustee Handbook – see page 16 & 17 – Library Board Organization for additional information.