The British Columbia Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), founded in 1977, is the professional association of the trustees governing public libraries across British Columbia.

BCLTA is committed to supporting trustees and boards with common issues of common concern and to representing the shared provincial interests of public library boards.

BCLTA executes its mandate through:

  • Representing trustees. Working with the BC Public Library Partners we amplify the voices of trustees and bring public library board needs to provincial, strategic, and shared partner initiatives. We ensure that the governance of public libraries (all types from across the province) is integral to all discussions for advancing the development of public libraries across the province.
  • Supporting trustees to engage with board development. We support effective public library governance. We do this by expanding the reach of trustee orientation and board development resources; by convening provincial discussions and meetings; and by connecting trustees with trustees for peer networking.
  • Connecting with all trustees. We are the recognized representatives of public library trustees to the provincial government, to other provincial organizations such as the BC School Trustees Association, to other library associations across the country, and to the BC Public Library Partners. We want to know the trustees we represent.

*The BC Public Library Partners are the BC Library Trustees Association, BC Library Association, Association of BC Public Library Directors, and BC Libraries Cooperative

BCLTA is governed by a Board of Directors and the work of the Board is supported by a small staff.

Membership in the BCLTA is based on one institutional membership for each library board, but includes membership privileges for each individual trustee on that board.  Institutional membership is available to the board of any public library and any public library system as defined under the BC Library Act.  Annual membership dues are based upon the institution’s annual operating expenditures as recorded in the most recent statistics collected by the Libraries and Literacy Branch, Ministry of Education.

Associate membership in BCLTA is available to anyone with an interest in libraries for an annual fee of $100.  Associate members may speak at Association meetings when recognized by the Chair, but may neither hold office nor vote.  As an associate member, you are still entitled to certain basic BCLTA services, such as inclusion on our mailing list and assistance with information requests.

Honourary/life memberships are awarded by the Association to those who have contributed in a meaningful way to the development of library service in BC.  Such members may speak at meetings of the Association when recognized by the Chair, but may neither hold office nor vote.