Board of Library Trustees

The Berkeley Public Library is administered by a Board of Library Trustees [BOLT], the only appointed administrative Board in the City. The Board consists of five Berkeley residents; one member of the Board must also be a member of the City Council.

Members of the Board are appointed for four year terms by the City Council as a whole.

Current Members are:

  • Diane Davenport (term expires 05/15/2023)
  • Sophie Hahn (City Council liaison appointment expires 01/31/2021*)
  • Judy J.Hunt (term expires 04/03/2021*)
  • Amy Roth (term expires 01/03/2022*)
  • John Selawsky (term expires 05/16/2020*)

* = eligible for reappointment

The Board of Library Trustees meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. Rescheduling sometimes occurs; call the Library Administrative office at 510-981-6195 to verify time and date. Meeting locations are subject to change. Please check the current agenda packet to confirm location and time. The packet is available at all Library location and online.

2020 Regular Meeting Schedule


Berkeley Public Library invites you to a Community Meeting to discuss the recruitment of the next Director of Library Services.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts on the characteristics that will help to ensure the success of the next Director. Pam Derby, from CPS HR Consulting, is assisting the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) in managing this process and will conduct the meetings. She will provide a snap-shot of the process and ask for your feedback to assist in the formation of an ideal candidate profile. In addition, survey forms will be available to provide any feedback you prefer not to share in this open format. Both meetings will be an identical format so it is only necessary to attend one to provide your input:

Community Meetings

CPS Office Hours
In addition, Ms. Derby will be available for 15-minute in person meetings, should you wish to speak with her individually. Please click on the link below your desired date and location. You will then be able to select an available appointment time to meet with Ms. Derby:

Online Community Engagement Survey

There will also be an online survey available should you be unable to attend any of these planned meetings. To link to the survey, visit this link:

Hard copies are available at all library locations, as well.


Organizational Review

If you would like to comment on the Organizational Assessment please use the BOLT contact information:

BOLT Contact Library Contact

Contact Us (Library Administration) 
Elliot Warren, Acting Director of Library Services,
BOLT Secretary

Next Meeting and Meeting Materials

  • BOLT Regular Meeting for Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:30PM  Agenda Packet
    ** For meetings conducted exclusively via videoconference/teleconference, please see the agenda for instructions on how to participate via phone, video, or written communication.


Packet PDF File


Minutes PDF File

5/6/2020 BOLT Regular Meeting Agenda   Draft
4/1/2020 BOLT Regular Meeting Cancellation Notice    
3/14/2020 BOLT Emergency Meeting Agenda    
3/4/2020 BOLT Regular Meeting


2/27/2020 Special Meeting Workshop wit BuildingBlox Consulting Agenda   Draft
2/5/2020 BOLT Regular Meeting Agenda   Draft
1/15/2020 BOLT Special Meeting Agenda .mp3 Approved Minutes
1/8/2019 BOLT Regular Meeting Cancellation Notice    

* Note: Beginning with the July 2010 meeting, the Berkeley Public Library will post audio of all BOLT meetings. The audio is available in .MP3 or .WMA formats (requires either the Microsoft Windows Media player (PC) or Microsoft Silverlight plugin (Mac OS X & PC) to play back.)

For agenda and minutes of BOLT meetings prior to 2020, look for the archives on the right side of this web page.

For agendas and minutes of BOLT meetings prior to January 2007, contact Library Administration at 510-981-6195.

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Policy - The Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) Meeting Policy provides BOLT with rules to consistently and efficiently carry out the public comment process and to ensure that the meetings are run with a level of decorum that aids the Board of Library Trustees in carrying out its required business.

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If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication. Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.