The Newton Public Library Board of Trustees consists of five members appointed by the Newton City Council to serve six-year terms. The Board has direct control of library operations, employs a library director, makes final approval of the purchase of library materials, has exclusive control of all library funds, contracts with other library boards for services, and is required to make an annual financial report to the Newton City Council.
The Newton Public Library accepts applications for Library Trustees on an ongoing basis. Applications may picked up at the Library Information Desk or printed online, and should be returned in-person to the Library Information Desk.
Library trustees work with the Director to develop and adopt governing policies, approve operation budgets, and advocate for the library through contacts with general public, civic organizations and public officials. Applicants must be a citizen age 18 or older, registered voter, and resident of the city of Newton.