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Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees is a group of seven citizens to whom the administration of the public library is entrusted. The Board of Trustees of the Lincoln City Libraries is an administrative board appointed by the Lincoln City Council. It is the trustees’ obligation to work toward improvement in library services through well-trained staff and efficient use of funds; to support adequate funding for good library service; and to promote the best possible use of all library resources.

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees has adopted this Position Statement regarding a Central Library Project.


Board members

E-mail can be sent to individual Board members using the addresses given below, or to the Board as a whole at

Herb Friedman, President
Term: 2011-2018

Lowell Berg, Vice-President
Term: 2015-2022

Carol Speicher, Treasurer
Term: 2012-2019

Herb Schimek
Term: 2010-2017

Marthaellen Florence
Term 2013-2020

Donna Marvin
Term: 2016-2023

Marcy Baker, County Liaison
Term: 2016-2023

Board meetings

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees meets the third Tuesday of each month. From time to time it may become necessary to reschedule meetings. If circumstances make it prudent and necessary in any one month, the regular meeting of the Board may be rescheduled with the approval of at least four members of the Board, following notification of all seven Board members. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President, or when a request is made to the President by three Board members. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held at 8:00 AM and in the Board Room of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska. The following is a list of the meeting dates:

2017 Schedule

  • January 17 postponed to Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 p.m. due to weather conditions
  • February 21
  • March 21, 6:00 p.m., Walt Branch
  • April 18
  • May 16, 6:00 p.m., Eiseley Branch
  • June 20
  • July 18, 6:00 p.m., Anderson Branch
  • August 15
  • September 19, 6:00 p.m., Gere Branch
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

The proposed agenda is kept continually current and available for inspection at the Administrative Office of the Bennett Martin Public Library, but the Board shall have the right to modify the agenda at said public meeting when convened. Requests for sign language interpreters will require a minimum of 48 hours advance notice to the Library Director, (402)441-8510.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes from Library Board meetings are kept on this site for one year. Earlier minutes (from May 9, 1944 to current) are available in the Library’s Administrative Offices during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM).

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
April 18, 2017 Agenda pending
March 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
January 17, 2017 postponed to Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 p.m. due to weather conditions Agenda Minutes
December 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 28, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes

Board Policies

The Library Board is responsible for making policy decisions concerning the employment of the Library Director, materials selection, public rules and regulations, library development, budget, fundraising, public relations, and relationships with other librararies and educational institutions.