board of trustees and director

Mary Redmond president
Mark Kissinger vice-president
Tamra Wright treasurer
Harmeet Narang assistant treasurer
Joyce Becker secretary
Lisa Scoons trustee
Brian Sweeney trustee

Geoffrey Kirkpatrick
(518) 439-9314 x 3022

mission statement

Bethlehem Public Library values its responsibility to enhance the general welfare and quality of life in the community and region it serves. The library pursues excellence in its mission: to provide equal and uncensored access to resources and services that encourage lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and professional growth.*
*Statement adopted by the Library Board of Trustees November 17, 1997. Revised and approved September 9, 2002.

meetings and minutes

Board meetings are held at the library monthly and are open to the public. Meetings begin at 6pm. The May meeting reserves time from 6-6:30pm for public comment on the proposed library budget. Voting on the budget and election of new board members occurs on the third Tuesday in May. For archive meeting minutes, click here.

2015 meetings (pdfs)

long-range plan (pdf)
Access, equality, education: long-range plan for 2015-18

facts and figures (pdfs)

positive audit findings
In November, the Office of the State Comptroller released the results of an audit of the Bethlehem Public Library that found that over-the-counter cash receipts were properly accounted for and deposited intact and in a timely manner, and the system of controls was properly designed and implemented. A link to the full report can be found here:

policies (pdfs)
citizen participation in library board meetings
collection development
request for reconsideration of resources
Community bulletin board & literature rack
confidential records
conflict of interest
displays and exhibits
drug and alcohol
exam proctoring
gifts, memorials and bequests
group study room use
insurance payment
library card
meeting rooms
mileage reimbursement
patron conduct
photos and video
public access tv
purchase and travel card
social media
solicitation and distribution
seminars, conferences and professional memberships whistleblower

NYS workplace violence program (pdf)
workplace violence contract

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last updated on Friday, November 06, 2015
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