The State Library will be closed on August 30, 2017 for staff training. No appointments, online chat, or telephone assistance will be available that day.

Trustee Support

Library Development staff provide limited consulting in the areas of governance, Washington library law, and library practice. Limited facilitation of the Public Library Association Planning for Results process is also available. The below resources are provided for trustees and anyone interested in organization and governance of libraries.


Washington Public Library Trustee Wiki—The Washington Public Library Trustee Wiki provides an in-depth discussion of the major issues, laws, and responsibilities that library trustees will need to know about as they guide their libraries. It builds on, incorporates, and updates the content of the Public Library Trustee Reference Manual published in 2001.

Resources for trustees

Archived Trainings

General Training

Open Public Meetings Act

Washington Public Library Trustee Wiki

Trustee Orientation

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