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Library Commission

About the Library Commission

The Denver Public Library is governed by a mayoral appointed Commission that has exclusive control of the library system. It sets policies and governs the system, providing overall strategic direction and budget oversight to ensure that the library offers the best possible service to the community.  The City Librarian reports to the Commission on strategic, fiscal and policy matters. The Library Commission does not engage in personnel issues or daily operational efforts of the library. 

To learn more about the Library Commission and the application process, visit the links below. 

City & County of Denver Board & Commissions 

City & County of Denver Board & Commissions Application 

Learn more about the role of the Denver Public Library Library Commission (PDF)

Email the Commissioners: librarycommission@denverlibrary.org

Library Commission Schedule

Regular Commission meetings are held on the third Thursday of every other month, at 8:30 a.m. 

Locations will vary due to the Central Library renovation. Locations will be noted with each date below and on the agenda. 

Should a meeting date, time, or location need to be changed, the new information will be posted on this page and Commissioners will be notified. If a special meeting is called, public notice will be provided.

Public Comment:

Members of the public who wish to address the Denver Public Library Commission during a public meeting may sign up online using the form below. Sign up is available online at 9:00 a.m. the Friday prior to the scheduled Commission meeting.

The online sign-up window closes the Wednesday before the Library Commission meeting at 12 noon. Individuals may sign up only once per meeting to address the Commission. 

Public comment occurs early in the meeting (see the agenda) and is limited to three minutes per participant and may be shortened depending on the number of participants. The full time allotted for the public comment period will generally be 30 minutes.

Public comment is to be made in person at the Library Commission meeting. Please note the location on the meeting agenda. When it is your turn to speak, you will be called upon by the Commission President. 
If you have any questions, please contact zbarnes@denverlibrary.org

Sign Up for Public Comment

 

Upcoming Commission Meetings

Regular Commission Meeting

February 16: Agenda | Meeting Materials

Location: Hadley Branch Library, 1890 S Grove St, Denver, CO 80219

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Link to Join Virtually on Zoom

April 20: Agenda | Meeting Materials

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Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

June 15: Agenda | Meeting Materials

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Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

August 17: Agenda | Meeting Materials

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Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

October 19: Agenda | Meeting Materials

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Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

December 21: Agenda | Meeting Materials

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Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

Past Commission Meetings

Library Commission Finance Committee

February 2: Agenda | Meeting Materials

Location: Virtual

Time: 10 AM - 12 Noon

Link to the Meeting Recording

 

Library Commissioners

Portrait photograph of Library Commission Vice President Sonya Ulibarri

President
Sonya Ulibarri

Appointed to the Library Commission September 2017

Portrait photograph of Library Commission Secretary Laurie Mathews

Vice President
Laurie Mathews

Appointed to the Library Commission September 2017

Portrait photograph of Library Commissioner Patty Salazar

Secretary
Patty Salazar

Appointed to the Library Commission October 2021

Portrait photograph of Library Commission President Kathy Lucas

Cathy Lucas

Appointed to the Library Commission August 2016 

Portrait photograph of Library Commissioner Cedric Buchanon

Cedric Buchanon

Appointed to the Library Commission December 2021

Portrait photograph of Library Commissioner Michael Niyompong
Michael Niyompong

Appointed to the Library Commission January 2020

Sean Montoya headshot

Sean Montoya
Appointed to the Library Commission January 2023

Jennifer Wolf Headshot

Jennifer Wolf
Appointed to the Library Commission January 2023
 

 

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