Library advisory board

The Library Advisory Board is an advisory body made up of community members impacted by Multnomah County Library services and resources. This group is charged with advising the library on policies and its annual budget, and also serves as the library’s Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC).

Library Advisory Board Membership

The Library Advisory Board strives to recruit members from across the county representing diverse lived experiences and different types of library users. When a vacancy opens up, current members recruit and vote to recommend new members to the Library District Board, who approve new member appointments. Library Advisory Board bylaws stipulate a 17-member board, including at least two youth members between the ages of 13-17. Youth members serve one two-year term, and other members may serve up to two four-year terms.

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Library Advisory Board. The membership application deadline for the current recruitment closed on March 15, and we are currently reviewing applications. 

Current Board Members

Please note that several positions are currently vacant.

  • Salma Sheikh, Chair
  • Lizzie Martinez, Vice-Chair
  • Erin Cooper
  • Rob Edmiston
  • Nathan Senters
  • Gabby Shaffer
  • Clare Wilkinson


Library Advisory Board meetings are currently held virtually. Meeting dates and times will be published below as they are determined. Meetings are open to the public and information on how to join is linked in each meeting agenda.

If you wish to submit written comments to the Library Advisory Board, please send an email to and include your name, the corresponding meeting date, comment topic, and your comments (all four fields are required for public comment). Please note that comments are public record.  

Note: If you have a disability and need accommodations to participate in meetings, please call 503.988.5123 or 711. Please give 48 hours notice to allow us to better serve you. 

Agendas & Minutes: 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — details in agenda
Agenda | Minutes
Thursday, March 17, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — details in agenda
Agenda | Minutes
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet — details in agenda

Meetings dates and times for the second half of 2022 to come.

Past schedules: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 2018 | 2017 | 20162015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Questions? Please contact the Library Director’s Office at or 503-988-5403.