Library Board


  • 5:15 pm
  • Fourth Wednesday of each month
  • Board Room of the Drake Community Library
    930 Park St.
    Grinnell, IA 50112


  • Tina Elfenbein - Term expires June 30, 2029
  • John Hammond - Term expires June 30, 2027
  • Adrienne Hardin - Term expires June 30, 2025
  • Avery Lindley - Term expires June 30, 2025
  • Lee McFee - Term expires June 30, 2025
  • Theresa Pagliai, President - Term expires June 30, 2027
  • Darcy Swick - Term expires June 30, 2029


  • To meet and elect from its members a president, a vice president, a secretary, and such other officers as it deems necessary. The city treasurer shall serve as board treasurer, but shall not be a member of the board
  • To have charge, control and supervision of the library, its appurtenances, fixtures and rooms containing the same
  • To direct and control all affairs of the library
  • To employ a library director, and authorize the library director to employ such assistants and employees as may be necessary for the proper management of the library, and fix their compensation
  • To remove the library director, by a two-thirds vote of the board, and provide procedures for the removal of the assistants or employees for misdemeanor, incompetence or inattention to duty, subject however, to the provisions of Chapter 35C of the Code of Iowa
  • To select, or authorize the library director to select, and make purchases of library materials, furniture, fixtures, stationery, and supplies for the library within budgetary limits set by the board
  • To authorize the use of the library by nonresidents and to fix charges therefore unless a contract for free service exists
  • To make and adopt, amend, modify or repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this Code of Ordinances and the law, for the care, use, government and management of the library and the business of the board, fixing and enforcing penalties for violations
  • To have exclusive control of the expenditure of all funds allocated for library purposes by the council, and of all moneys available by gift or otherwise for the erection of library buildings, and of all other moneys belonging to the Library including fines and rentals collected under the rules of the board
  • To accept gifts of real property, personal property, or mixed property, and devises and bequests, including trust funds; to take the title to said property in the name of the Library; to execute deeds and bills of sale for the conveyance of said property; and to expend the funds received by them from such gifts, for the improvement of the library
  • To enforce the performance of conditions on gifts, donations, devises, and bequests accepted by the city by action against the council. (Code of Iowa, Ch. 661)
  • To keep a record of its proceedings
  • To have authority to make agreements with historical associations and other entities where such exist, and with other relevant persons and organizations, and to set apart the necessary room and to care for such articles as may come into the possession of such association or other entity. The trustees are further authorized to purchase necessary receptacles and materials for the preservation and protection of such articles as are in their judgment of a historical and educational nature and pay for the same out of funds allocated for library purposes
  • The board's seven members serve six-year terms