Chapter 7

Library Board

2-7-1: Membership; Appointment; Terms; Vacancies; Organization


A. The Library Board shall consist of five (5) members as a Board of Library Trustees and one nonvoting, ex officio member who may, at the time of appointment, be under twenty one (21) years of age. Terms of Trustees shall begin on July 1 of the calendar year and shall be for a term of five (5) years and until his or her successor is appointed. Terms shall be set so one term shall expire during each calendar year. Appointees shall serve no more than two (2) terms nor more than ten (10) consecutive years. The youth member shall be appointed to a term of up to one year and may be reappointed to up to four (4) successive terms. All vacancies on the board shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor, and approved by the Council. Appointments to complete an unexpired term shall be for the residue of the term only.


B. Said Board of Library Trustees shall elect from its members a President and a Vice President, who shall serve for a term of one year and until his or her successor is elected, and shall adopt such rules for the transaction of business as may be necessary. (1952 Code § 2-04-01)

2-7-2: Compensation


All members of the Board of Library Trustees and the officers thereof shall serve without salary or any compensation whatsoever, except that members may receive reimbursement for expenditures made while engaged in the business of the library. (1952 Code § 2-04-02)

2-7-3: Meetings; Quorum


The board shall meet for business purposes at least once a month, and at such other times as it may appoint, in a place to be provided for the purpose. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. (1952 Code § 2-04-06)

2-7-4: Powers And Duties


In addition to the powers elsewhere contained in this chapter and notwithstanding the provisions of Idaho Code title 50, the Board of Library Trustees of each City library shall have the following powers and duties:


A. To establish bylaws for its own governance;


B. To establish policies and rules of use for the governance of the library or libraries under its control; to exclude from the use of the library any and all persons who violate such rules;


C. To establish, locate, maintain and have custody of libraries to serve the City, and to provide suitable rooms, structures, facilities, furniture, apparatus and appliances necessary for library service;


D. With the approval of the City:

1. To acquire real property by purchase, gift, devise, lease or otherwise;

2. To own and hold real and personal property and to construct buildings for the use and purposes of the library;

3. To sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of real or personal property when no longer required by the library; and

4. To insure the real and personal property of the library;


E. To prepare and adopt a budget for review and approval by the City Council;


F. To control the expenditures of money budgeted for the library;


G. To accept or decline gifts of money or personal property, in accordance with library policy, and under such terms as may be a condition of the gift;


H. To hire, supervise and evaluate the Library Director;


I. To establish policies for the purchase and distribution of library materials;


J. To attend all meetings of the Board of Library Trustees;


K. To maintain legal records of all board business;


L. To exercise such other powers, not inconsistent with law, necessary for the orderly and efficient management of the library. (2019 Code)

2-7-5: Location And Designation Of Library


The public library is now situated in the Boise Public Library building, located at 715 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, Idaho, and shall be designated and known as Boise Public Library. (1952 Code § 2-04-05)

2-7-6: Library Materials Defined


For the purposes of this chapter, the term "library materials" shall mean all those materials, including, but not limited to, books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, maps, documents, manuscripts, charts, pictures, engravings, audio cassettes, video cassettes, books on tape and computer software, whether or not these materials may be checked out of the library. (1952 Code § 2-04-03)

2-7-7: Real Estate To Vest In City


The title of all property, real and personal, now owned or hereafter acquired by purchase, gift, devise, bequest or otherwise, for the purpose of the library and reading rooms, when not inconsistent with the terms of its acquisition, shall vest in the City, and in the name of the City may be sued for and defended by action at law or otherwise. (1952 Code § 2-04-07)

2-7-8: Library Borrowers' Cards


A. Preparation; Information: The Board of Library Trustees shall prepare or cause to be prepared, a library borrower's card in the form and containing the information it deems necessary to be issued to applicants for presentation by which to borrow any library materials or other property belonging to the public library.


B. Issuance: Library borrowers' cards issued to:

1. Residents shall be nonexpiring as long as residency is maintained, but shall be verified annually for a current address.

2. Nonresidents shall be valid for one year from the month of issuance.


C. Corporate Cards: Corporations with an office located within the corporate limits of the City may apply for and receive a corporate borrower's card to be used for work related borrowing. It shall be unlawful for any employee of the corporation to use the corporate card for personal use in order to avoid paying a nonresident fee.


D. Changes: When any library card holder shall move from the address shown on the card issued to him or when the name of the card holder is changed by marriage or otherwise, such person shall present his card for changing address and/or name thereon prior to, or at the time of, the next use of his card.


E. Loaning Card: It shall be unlawful for a library card holder to give or loan his or her card to another person for the purpose of aiding such person to obtain any library materials or other property belonging to the public library.


F. Unlawful Acquisition Of Library Property: It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire any library material or other property belonging to the public library upon the presentation of a library card issued to another person. (1952 Code § 2-04-11)

2-7-9: Borrowers Outside City; Fee


A. Policy: No person residing outside the corporate limits of the City, regardless of post office or mailing address, shall be issued a library borrower's card, or a renewal thereof, except upon the payment of an annual household nonresident license fee, such fee to be established by the Board of Library Trustees at a rate no less than the average per household support paid by City residents; provided, if any person, or a spouse thereof, or a parent pays ad valorem taxes on real and/or personal property situated within the City, such person or spouse thereof or a parent shall be deemed a resident library borrower; provided, that nonresident senior citizens over the age of sixty two (62) may purchase an individual nonresident library card for a reduced fee, such fee to be set by the Board of Library Trustees at a rate no less than twenty five percent (25%) of the full household nonresident license fee; provided, that students who reside outside Ada County but attend City schools may purchase an individual nonresident card at the senior citizen rate; and provided, that the Council reserves the right to waive, with or without application, the foregoing license fee for a library borrower's card imposed upon persons residing outside the corporate limits of the City.


B. Exemptions: Persons who reside in a library district that have a contractual arrangement with the public library for the provision of library services shall be exempt from the nonresident fee.


C. Household Members Entitled To Privileges: The library borrower's card(s) issued upon payment of the annual license fee shall entitle all members of the household to library borrowing privileges. Such card(s) shall be issued in the name of, and be valid for, each individual household member. (1952 Code § 2-04-12)

2-7-10: Failure To Pay Fine


It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to remit fines established and assessed by the Board of Library Trustees of the public library for failure to return library material when due or for incurring damage to library materials while in his or her possession. (1952 Code § 2-04-10)

2-7-11: Misuse And Defacing Library Resources And Property


No person shall wilfully or intentionally cut, tear, deface, break, injure, destroy or alter any item of the library materials collection or other property belonging to the public library or any branch thereof. No person shall wilfully bypass the security of library network or any other computer network, including the internet, while using electronic resources at the public library. Any person misusing the library network or attempting to bypass its security will forfeit the right to use computers in the library, and will, in addition to other penalties prescribed by law, be liable for the financial costs of the library to repair damage done to the library's electronic resources network. (1952 Code § 2-04-08)

2-7-12: Penalty


Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code. (1952 Code § 2-04-13; amd. 2019 Code)