Acting as the voice of the public, the Commission studies, reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the City Council and the San Jose Public Library administration regarding existing or proposed library facilities, education and library programs, operations, services, financing, and leading edge developments. The Commission advocates high quality and impactful library and education services and, as a forum for public discussion of library and education needs, the Commission facilitates communication between the public, the City Council, and the San Jose Public Library staff.
Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Reports
The Library and Education Commission meets 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month, August through November and then from January through June. Therefore, no meeting will be held in July or December. Meetings are typically held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the third floor, but please check the agenda before attending to be sure of the meeting location. Commissioners are expected to attend all sessions. All meetings are open to the public the entire duration. Requests to place a particular topic on the agenda must be submitted in writing or email, a minimum of two weeks in advance. Mail your request to:
San José Public Library
ATTN: Library Commission
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112
Or, you may email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter "Agenda Request" as your subject.
- Library Bond Oversight Committee - Work with community representatives to annually review Library Bond Project expenditures and report findings to the City Council.
- Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - Annually reviews Library Parcel Tax expenditures and reports findings to the City Council.
- Liaison to Friends Groups & Other Library Organizations - Act as a communication link between the commission and assigned support groups.
- Budget Review - Annually review and comment on the Mayor's Budget Plans to the Mayor and City Council members.
- Long Range Planning - Provide public representation on library planning committees.
- Government Policy Review - Monitor proposed policies and advocate those that would have a positive impact on public library service.
- Community Involvement - Represent the commission at community activities involving the library system.
Commission Membership & Assignments
The Library and Education Commission is composed of 15 members, four of whom have significant experience in early education. Each Commissioner serves a four-year term with the potential to be reappointed to a second four-year term.
For those ages 14-20, consider participating in the City of San José's Youth Commission.