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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - Public Libraries: Governing Boards
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives; Poet Laureate
 
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
 
357.465 Public library board.
(1) Each public library established under ORS 357.417 shall be governed by a library board unless some other method is specified in the charter, ordinance or resolution establishing the library.
 
(2) Upon resolution, ordinance or election pursuant to ORS 357.417, the governing body may appoint a library board. The library board of a city, county or county service district, as determined by the governing body, shall consist of not less than five members nor more than 15 members. In the case of a school district or community college district, such board shall consist of five, seven or more members at the discretion of the governing body.
 
(3) If the board will consist of five members, one member shall initially hold office for one year, one for two years, one for three years and two for four years, from July 1 in the year of their appointment. If the board will consist of seven members, one member shall initially hold office for one year, two for two years, two for three years, and two for four years, from July 1 in the year of their appointment. If the board will consist of six members or more than seven members, the members first appointed shall hold office for such terms as will achieve the staggered term base established for smaller boards by this section. Succeeding appointees shall hold office for a term of four years from July 1 in the year of their appointment. At the expiration of the term of any member of such board, the governing body shall appoint a new member or may reappoint a member for a term of four years. If a vacancy occurs, the governing body shall appoint a new member for the unexpired term. No person shall hold appointment as a member for more than two full consecutive terms, but any person may be appointed again to the board after an interval of one year.
357.470 Board organization; name of library. After appointment, the public library board shall meet and organize by the election of a chairperson from among its members. The librarian shall serve as secretary to the board and keep the record of its actions.

357.490 Library board general powers. In the ordinance or resolution establishing the library, the governing body shall determine the library board's responsibility for:
(1) Appointment of the librarian and staff, fixing their compensation, determining their working conditions and prescribing their duties.
 
(2) Formulating rules and policies for the governance of the library.
 
(3) Preparing and submitting an annual budget request.
 
(4) Approving, or delegating to the librarian the responsibility for approving, all expenditures from the library fund or the public library building fund.
 
(5) Acceptance, use or expenditure of any real or personal property or funds donated to the library, or purchase, control or disposal of real and personal property necessary for the purposes of the library, except that each donation shall be administered in accordance with its terms, and all property or funds shall be held in the name of the governing body.
 
(6) Selection of sites for public library buildings or for location of library facilities.
 
(7) Entering into contracts.
 
(8) Such other activities as the governing body may assign.