Library Board FAQs
Library legislation in Alberta provides a structure for library boards to be established and develop public library service. These FAQs and factsheets have been created to assist boards in understanding their legislative responsibilities and successfully fulfilling their mandate to deliver quality public library service to their communities.
Can someone under the age of 18 be appointed to a library board?
We do not believe that there is any clause in the Libraries Act or the Interpretation Act of Alberta that would prevent a minor from being appointed to a municipal library board. It is conceivable that a person under the age of 18 could be just as capable of fulfilling the legal and ethical obligations of a library board trustee as a person over the age of 18 could be.
However, municipal councils should remember that any library board trustee appointed under the Libraries Act is automatically a full member of a governing board, with the same rights and responsibilities as any other board trustee. Municipal councils should take the same care when recruiting board trustees under the age of 18 as they would in recruiting any board trustee. Council must be confident that a new trustee can fulfill all of his or her legal and ethical responsibilities, no matter what the age of that trustee.
Councils and library boards should also be aware that there are other means to allow regular youth input at library board meetings. The Libraries Act states that all library board meetings must be open to any member of the public. The board could invite one or more young people to attend board meetings and give input on library programs and operations. This allows the board to hear youth perspectives on a regular basis without appointing a minor as a board trustee.
Download the full Persons under 18 Serving on Alberta Public LIbrary Boards fact sheet.
My municipality may dissolve - what does that mean for the library board and library service in the area?
Section 10.1(1) of the Libraries Act states that when a municipality is dissolved, any library boards formed by that municipality are also dissolved, and that all the rights, assets, and liabilities of the library board pass to the dissolving municipality immediately prior to that municipality’s dissolution. These assets are then passed to the receiving municipality.
For more information download our Municipal Dissolution factsheet for Alberta public library boards.