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Library seeks candidates for Board of Trustees position

The Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks candidates to fill a vacancy on the board. Pending City Council approval, the successful candidate will serve a partial term ending February 12, 2028. A first review of applications will begin September 5, 2023 for applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

The Board of Trustees is the governing and policy-making board for the Bellingham Public Library. Board positions are voluntary, and residents chosen to fill them are selected to serve 5-year terms.

“This is a pivotal time for the Bellingham Public Library, as we work to interpret and implement our strategic plan for the changing realities of our community,” Library Board Chair Rick Osen said. “The position of Trustee is an important and rewarding volunteer leadership role, and we look forward to welcoming a new Board member soon.”

We encourage applications from people who believe in the mission of the public library, are inspired to learn and articulate the Library’s vision, and who are familiar with our community. All applicants must presently live within Bellingham City limits and have done so for at least one year.

Information about the Library and the Board of Trustees is available on the Bellingham Public Library website:

How to apply

To apply for the Library Board of Trustees, view the requirements and process on the City of Bellingham website. Then fill out the online application or submit a print application (pdf) to the City of Bellingham Mayor’s Office. The Board of Trustees will review applications beginning September 5, 2023 and conduct interviews later in the month. The Mayor will interview final candidates and will recommend a candidate to the Bellingham City Council for approval.

For more information about the Library and the responsibilities of the Library Board, please contact Bellingham Public Library Director Rebecca Judd, rejudd@cob.org or 360-778-7221. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 360-778-8100 or mayorsoffice@cob.org.

Photo Credit: Central Library at Dusk by Kenni Merritt