Board of Library Commissioners

The Grand Rapids Public Library is governed by a publicly elected Board of Library Commissioners.

Board meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Main Library, 111 Library St NE, in the Board Room on Level 5, unless otherwise specified (*). All regular meetings are open to the public and public comment is welcome when the meeting begins, and again when the meeting concludes. You can see the current agenda here or the meeting minutes below.

You can contact the board members directly here.

Commissioners:

James Botts
President
1407 Mackinaw Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
M. Jade VanderVelde
Vice President/Secretary
330 Greenwich Rd NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Sophia Sophia Ward Brewer
1734 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Rachel Anderson
838 Lyon St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Roger McClary
767 Knapp St NE, APT 2
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
William Baldridge
1157 E Chippewa Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  Caralee Witteveen-Lane
1230 Calvin Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Board Policies

Learn more about the Board of Library Commissioners policies here.

Meeting Schedule

2017 Meeting Schedule

January 31, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 30, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 25, 2017
August 29, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 31, 2017
November 28, 2017
December 19, 2017*

2016 Meeting Schedule

January 26, 2016
February 23, 2016
March 29, 2016
April 26, 2016
May 31, 2016
June 28, 2016
July 26, 2016
August 15, 2016*
August 30, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 29, 2016
December 20, 2016*

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 27, 2015
February 11, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 24, 2015*
April 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
June 30, 2015
July 28, 2015
August 25, 2015
September 29, 2015
October 27, 2015
November 17, 2015*
December 15, 2015*