The Multnomah County Library District Board, elected by county voters, governs the library. In turn, the commissioners appoint citizens to the Library Advisory Board, which oversees library operations and advises the library director and the Library District Board on policy and budgetary decisions. The Library Advisory Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at Central Library.
The LAB regularly seeks applicants interested in serving on the 17-member board in the spring of each year, with terms beginning July 1. Terms are for four years. Interested community members may apply online.
The 17-member Library Board also includes two youth members between the ages of 13-17. Youth interested in joining may apply online.