Library Governance

The purpose of the Ontario Public Library is to serve the residents of the Town of Ontario as defined in the Absolute Charter approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Board of Regents and adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on June 29, 1973.

The business and affairs of the Library shall be governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five (5) members operating with full authority of Education Law, §226 Powers of Trustees of Institutions.  BYLAWS of the Ontario Public Library

Trustees serve five year terms, January through December, and may serve two full terms.  Trustees may serve additional time to fill an open position created when a Trustee is unable to fulfill their full term.  Trustees are Ontario residents who volunteer their time for this important community responsibility. 

The Board of Trustees for 2024, their executive office, and term follows:

  • Lauren Frank, President. 2024-2028 
  • Anne Jurgens, Vice-President. 2021-2025
  • Alan  Seigel, Secretary. 2020-2024
  • Sean Arliss, 2022- 2026 
  • Gail Kirchgessner, 2023 – 2028
  • M. Goodenough,  Treasurer. Ex Officio,  Non-voting member
  • S. Hylen, Library Director,  Ex OfficioNon-voting  member

Town Councilman Deb Hibbard has been appointed to serve as Town Board liaison to the OPL Board of Trustees.

2024 Library Board of Trustees Scheduled Meetings

  • January 16 
  • March 19, 4:00 PM
  • May 21
  • July 16
  • September 17
  • November 19

Board meetings will be held bimonthly, on the third Tuesday, except as noted.  All meetings are open to the public and begin at 5:00pm, unless otherwise announced.  

Minutes of Board Meetings



Earlier Years


Updated 1/17/2024