Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the Oakville Public Library Board is to manage and control the affairs of the public library in service to the community in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990, C 44. This policy sets out the work of the board and the ways in which the board achieves its purpose.


  1. The board oversees the development of a comprehensive and efficient public library service by:
    1. expressing the library's philosophy and values
    2. articulating the library's vision, mission and priorities
    3. evaluating results of activities and services used to achieve goals
    4. setting policies on governance and service
    5. developing, approving and monitoring all short and long range plans of the library and the strategies to implement them
    6. monitoring the financial affairs of the Library and ensuring that the organization operates on an ethical and sound financial basis
    7. appointing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)who will have "general supervision over and direction of the operations of public library and its staff" (s. 15(2), Public Libraries Act) and evaluating her/his performance
    8. planning for further library development of library services
    9. securing the resources to achieve the intended results and setting budget priorities
    10. advocating for library service
  2. The board governs effectively by:
    1. representing the interests of the community
    2. engaging the community in determining responsive and dynamic library service
    3. acting as a bridge between the library and the council
    4. working collaboratively with the CEO and the council
    5. setting an annual board agenda that reflects current goals and strategic issues
    6. participating in Board development and training
    7. working proactively and making decisions that focus on the library's future and place in the community
    8. evaluating the board's performance
    9. managing risk

Final Approval Date: June 27, 2013
Motion #: 13.06.48 Next Review Date: 2017
Supersedes Policy Dated: New
Motion #: Page 1 of 1
Filed in: Board Manual, Added to website