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Seat Available on Public Library Board of Trustees

Due to a recent term expiration, the Osawatomie City Council invites interested individuals to apply to serve on the Osawatomie Public Library Board of Trustees.

Applicants must live within Osawatomie city limits in order to be eligible for consideration. Trustee terms are four years beginning at the first meeting in May after their appointment, and representatives are not restricted to particular ward divisions. Terms are limited to two consecutive appointments. Applicants may not be a member of the Osawatomie governing body or have conflicts of interest in the Library’s operations.

Eligible applicants will be presented to the current members of the Library Board of Trustees for review before a finalist is submitted to the Osawatomie City Council for consideration and appointment.

If you’re interested in serving on the Osawatomie Public Library Board of Trustees, please download and submit a Public Service Application and return it to City Hall or email it to [email protected].

About the Osawatomie Public Library

The Osawatomie Public Library opened as a public library in 1889. The Carnegie Library served the public from 1913 to 1980 before being torn down. The current library building was opened in 1980. 

As a public library, we offer much more than book checkout. Our patrons can check out wifi hotspots, laptops, cake pans, games, puzzles, movies, tool kits, and video games. They also have access to the Internet via wifi and our desktops and printing, faxing, and copying services. Additionally, the Maker Space offers a wide variety of tools for patrons to utilize, including a VHS to DVD conversion station, 3D printer, sewing machine, and heat press, to name just a few. Finally, patrons can schedule time to utilize the conference room for meetings, trainings, or quiet study or work space free of charge. 

Partnerships with community organizations is also an essential part of our services. We team with Catholic Charities, DCF, Southeast KS Works, ECKAN, Parents as Teachers, and K-State Research & Extension to bring services to our patrons. We plan to expand these partnerships in order to better serve the needs of our patrons.

The Osawatomie Public Library is much more than a library. It is a community space, host to numerous resources, and, above all, a place to belong.

Contact Information

Dr. Morgan Crabtree
Osawatomie Public Library
[email protected]

Sam Moon
Public Information Officer
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]