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Board of Library Trustees

Enriching Lives, Providing Resources
Helping people develop ideas, learn and improve their lives – that’s what the Monterey Public Library is all about. By providing materials and services that enrich the intellectual, recreational and cultural life of the community, the Library serves a purpose unlike any other institution. The Monterey Board of Library Trustees is charged with continuing this long tradition of enrichment.

"The Monterey Public Library staff continually strives to make its services and material more accessible and responsive to the needs of our community. It's an adventure being part of that effort in our dynamic world." - Harry Wareham, Former Member, Board of Library Trustees

The Library Board's Responsibilities
Unlike other City boards and commissions, the Board of Library Trustees is an administrative board established by the Monterey City Charter. The Board establishes Library policies, hires the Library Director, and recommends the Library budget to the City Council.

Many cultural and educational institutions have similar structures to help ensure that outside influences do not encumber intellectual freedom or the public’s access to information that reflects many points of view.

Current Trustees
  • Harish Joshi, Chair
  • Janie Barnard Silveria, Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Fellguth
  • Marsha Moroh
  • Bob Petty

Library Director
  • Brian Edwards
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Meeting Schedule
The Monterey Public Board of Library Trustees meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise announced). These are public meetings, you are welcome to attend. Agendas are posted outside of the Council Chamber 72 hours prior to regular meetings.

Pursuant to California Government Code section 54953(e)(1)(A) and (C) and the Monterey City Council’s resolution authorizing virtual participation in public meetings given the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be conducted with a hybrid format providing both in-person and virtual (electronic) participation in order to promote social distancing and protect the health and safety of attendees.

In person: join us at the Council Chamber at Few Memorial Hall of Records on the corner of Pacific and Madison streets, Monterey, CA.

Virtual: watch the live stream of the Board meeting at (up to 10 second delay) or on television on Channel 25 (up to 90 second delay). The YouTube live stream has the shortest delay and is recommended for anyone wishing to provide public comment.

For additional information, please see participation details at the top of each agenda.

More Information

For questions or comments or if you want to present a matter to the Board, please call the Administrative Office at (831) 646-5669 or send an e-mail to Library Director Brian Edwards at