Rochester Public Library By-Laws

Rochester Public Library By-Laws


The Board of Trustees shall govern the affairs of the Library by adopting policies and seeing that they are carried out, by hiring the Library Director, and by administering the budget.


A. There shall be five (5) Trustees. One Trustee shall be elected each year at Town Meeting to serve a term of five years.

B. Vacancies occurring during an elected term shall be filled by appointment of the Selectmen upon the advice of the Library Board of Trustees. The appointee shall serve on the Board until the next Town Meeting, at which time the vacancy must be filled by election.

C. Members of the Board who are repeatedly absent from meetings are accountable to the Chair as to their reasons.

D. A majority of the total number of Trustees shall constitute a quorum for transacting business


A. Officers are to be elected at the first Trustee meeting following Town Meeting, and shall hold office for one year.
B. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
a. Chairperson – the Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and shall perform other duties as usually pertain to that office.
b. Secretary – the Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Trustees, and shall perform all other duties as usually pertain to that office.
c. Treasurer – the Treasurer shall take charge of the receipt, care, and disbursement of the Library’s money, and shall report the financial status of the library at each meeting.


The Board of Trustees shall meet monthly. Meetings will be warned seven days in advance in at least two public locations. Meetings shall be open to the public.


The By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the members at the proceeding meeting. Amendments require a unanimous vote to be passed.

Adopted January 9, 2007