Join the Public Library Board

Looking for volunteer opportunity to serve your community?
Apply to join the Public Library Board.

What is the Public Library Board?

The RPL Board provides governance for one of Richmond’s most used and valued community services. RPL creates opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds to learn, connect and belong. To ensure the realization of these strategic goals, RPL Board responsibilities include approving and developing library governance policies, approving operating and capital budgets, and contributing to the strategic plan for inclusive, innovative and responsive library service. The Board also plays a critical role in lobbying and advocating for the resources required to fulfill the mission and vision of the library. The RPL Board is legislated under the provincial Library Act. City Council makes citizen appointments to the RPL Board. Appointments consist of two-year terms (from January 1 to December 31), for a maximum of eight consecutive years.

Interested in applying?

Richmond City Council is looking for adult Richmond residents with a history of community involvement to serve on the Richmond Public Library (RPL) Board starting in January 2021. RPL seeks to develop a Board whose trustees represent a diversity of culture and community, knowledge and experience, and who are passionate about the library’s role in inspiring curiosity, transforming lives and empowering everyone in our community. Please submit your application and résumé no later than Monday, September 21, 2020 by:

  • Email to
  • Mail to Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1, Attention City Clerk

Need more information?

If you have questions related to Board activities and recruitment, please contact:

What is the time commitment?

As community volunteers, Board trustees commit a minimum of 10-15 hours per month for Board-related activities, including preparation for and participation in meetings and community events. The Board has 10 regular meetings per year and additional meetings are scheduled as needed.


Trustees do not work in the library. These are voluntary board positions, with no pay or allowances. Your time commitment would be 10 scheduled board meetings per year (5:30 – 7:30pm) plus 5-6 additional meetings throughout the year and participation in library events.