LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Rye Public Library, located at 581 Washington Road in Rye Town Center, is the cultural center for the Town. The ongoing operations of the library are managed by Andrew Richmond, who has been the Director of the library since November, 2009.
The Library Trustees are the governing board of the Rye Public Library. The Trustees are Karen W. Oliver, Chair (2015), Ann Malpass, Vice Chair (2014), Philip Boynton (2015), Brian Klinger (2014) and Victor D. Azzi (2016). Each trustee is elected for a three-year term. The Board of Trustees normally meets on the second Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM. Trustees must be residents of Rye, have knowledge of the library, have a strong interest in the library and its welfare, and have a commitment to the importance of lifelong learning.
Meetings take place in the Library’s New Hampshire Room and are open to the public. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making unit, responsible for the management of the library, for representing the library to the community, and for acting as representatives of the community to the library. As stated in RSA 202- A6: “The library trustees shall have the entire custody and management of the public library and of all the property of the town relating thereto, including appropriations held pursuant to RSA 202-A:11, III, but excepting trust funds held by the town.” The Trustees create the bylaws, rules and regulations by which they conduct business and govern the library. They are responsible for creating and making public the annual operating budget for the library. The Trustees are also responsible for the expenditure of any funds raised on behalf of the library. The library receives donations and grants from the citizenry, from the Friends of the Rye Public Library, and from foundations to support its educational and cultural offerings to the Town of Rye.