Kansas laws about library boards

K.S.A. 12-1222 Appointing board members
  • “Official head of municipality shall appoint … a library board…”

  • City, county and township boards have seven members.

  • Boards should be appointed from residents of the municipality, township, county.

  • The mayor is an ex officio member of the board with the same powers, e.g., voting, as appointed members.

  • Terms are four years long.

  • After two consecutive terms, board members must be off one year before being eligible for reappointment.

  • A board member can serve as a replacement for someone leaving in the middle of a term and then serve two consecutive terms on their own.

  • Appointments are staggered so each year two terms expire and two board members are reappointed.

  • Terms expire on April 30. New terms start on May 1.
K.S.A. 12-1223 Board is a corporate body
  • “The library board of a library established under, or governed by the provisions of this act shall constitute a body corporate and politic, possessing the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes, under the name and style of "the board of directors of _______________ (name of municipality) library" and under such name may contract, sue and be sued and acquire, hold and convey real and personal property in accordance with law. The acquisition or disposition of real property shall be subject to the approval of the governing body of the municipality.”

  • The library board as a whole is the boss of the library.
K.S.A. 12-1224 Election of board officers

The members of a library board shall, immediately after their appointment and annually thereafter, meet and organize by the election of a chairman, a secretary and a treasurer and such other officers as they may deem necessary. The board shall fix the date and place of its regular meetings and special meetings may be called by the chairman or upon written request of a majority of the members. Written notice, stating the time and place of any special meeting and the purpose for which called, shall, unless waived, be given each member of the board at least two (2) days in advance of such meeting, and no business other than that stated in the notice shall be transacted at such meeting.