About the Board of Trustees

Meetings of the Board of Trustees and Board Committees are open to the public. See the Board of Trustees calendar for meeting dates, times, and locations.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas will be developed according to our Trustee Meeting Agenda Procedure. Meeting minutes will be available after they have been approved.
About the Board
The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Amherst's public libraries. The board has legal responsibility for the provision of library services, custody of library property, appointment of the library director, expenditure of funds, and determination of library policy. One of the primary functions of a board is to ensure that library services effectively meet community needs.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has created a handbook that outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Trustees.

Information about the Library budget is available for the public.

Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us with your comments and questions. A message sent to this email address will reach all the Trustees. You may also contact us via U.S. mail at:

c/o Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002


  • Austin Sarat, President — Email
    Term expires: 2018
  • Chris Hoffmann, Vice President — Email
    Term expires: 2017
  • Tamson Ely, Secretary — Email
    Term expires: 2018
  • Robert Pam, Treasurer — Email
    Term expires: 2019
  • Michael Wolff, At Large — Email
    Term expires: 2017
  • Lee Edwards — Email
    Term expires: 2017