Topsfield Town Library
One South Common Street, Topsfield MA 01983 (978)887-1528 ask[at]topsfieldlibrary.org

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Library Hours
Sun: Closed
Mon: 10am to 8pm Tues: 10am to 5pm Wed: Noon to 5pm Thurs: 10am to 8pm Fri: Noon to 5pm Sat: 10am to 5pm


Library Trustees

Board of Trustees 2016 - 2017

Abby Jackson, Chair
Judith Lais, Vice Chair
Brooke Spater, Secretary
Gail Bryson
Audrey Iarocci
Patty Walsh

Meeting Minutes:

About the Trustees:

The Board of Library Trustees consists of six elected board members.  Each term consists of a three-year commitment.  The board annually elects a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, and financial liaison.  The Trustees generally meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Library.  All meetings are open to the public.

The role of the Trustees is to be active advocates for the library.  This includes seeking local, state, and federal support for the library’s staff, collections, property and programs.  Some of the responsibilities consist of the following:

  • Employing and supporting a qualified library director to manage the daily activities of the library
  • Setting library policies that uphold the principles of equal access to information and the free exchange of ideas
  • Guiding the management of library facilities and assets and expending financial resources judiciously
  • Working to secure an appropriate funding level for facilities, technology, hours of operation, collections and staff
  • Knowing and observing applicable municipal, state and federal laws and regulations
  • Working with the community to identify information needs and to develop and implement a written plan for the maintenance and improvement of library services

The trustees have also appointed two subcommittees:

The Committee for Visual Arts makes recommendations that will enrich the cultural offerings of the library

The Music Committee provides musical events to the public through the library

If you would like to volunteer for one of these committees, please contact any of the Trustees or the Library Director.  You may also consider joining the Friends of the Topsfield Town Library, a non-profit organization that is responsible for many of the creative children’s, teen and adult programming available to library patrons and also helps support and enhance the quality of library service.