Board of Library Trustees



Appointed by the Newport Beach City Council, the Board of Library Trustees is a policy-making board responsible for the administration of City libraries. The Board considers the annual budget for library purposes during the process of its preparation and makes recommendations to the City Council and City Manager. The Board also approves or disapproves the appointment, suspension, or removal of the Library Services Director. Subject to the approval of the City Council, the Board accepts money, personal property, or real estate donated to the City for library purposes, and contracts with schools, county, or other governmental agencies to render or receive library services or facilities.

Committee Authorization:
City Charter, Article VII, Section 708 (Click here for more information)

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Click here to view agendas and minutes prior to February 2010.

Frequency of Meetings:
The third Monday each month, unless otherwise noticed.

Term Expires
Paul Watkins, Chair 06-28-2016 06-09-2020 06-30-2024
Janet Ray, Vice Chair  06-30-2015  06-25-2019 06-30-2023 
Doug Coulter, Secretary  06-28-2016  06-22-2021  06-30-2025 
Barbara Glabman 06-25-2019   06-30-2023 
Ash Kumra  06-28-2022    06-30-2026 


Length of Term for Members:

The five members of the board serve for a term of four years on a staggered basis.

 Melissa Hartson   
Library Services Director 


Staff Support:

Staff allocates approximately 30 hours a month to this board.

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