Welcome to the Trustee Zone

Welcome to the Trustee Zone, the online area of the United for Libraries website developed for library Trustee members of United for Libraries. Here you will find a variety of members' only resources to help you in your role as a library Trustee, including:

FREE Webinar: Responding to a Budget Crisis

Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign, and more. Watch the free recording (50 minutes).

Speakers include Kate Park, executive director of the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library; Patti Clapp, advocacy chair of the Friends, and Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries. 

Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library was one of 20 recipients of the Neal-Schuman Citizens-Save-Libraries grants. The library had experienced budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. The Friends used their training to develop an advocacy plan that resulted in the library receiving an additional $3.8 million to hire 92 full-time employees, allowing the library to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week.

Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success

Learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding is presented. Access the webinar.

Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees

A brand new resource has been posted in the Trustee Zone for Board of Trustees group members and United for Libraries personal members in the Trustee section. A recording of the live webinar, "Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees" is now available for viewing.

Archived Copies of The Voice

Access archived copies of The Voice, the newsletter of United for Libraries from 2005 to the present. Available in PDF format, you can download and read current and past issues of the newsletter.

Ask a Trustee

Download PDF versions of all "Ask a Trustee" columns from The Voice in one convenient location.

Practical Guides

Download and read in-depth practical guides for Library Trustees, including A Library Board's Practical Guide to Self Evaluation and A Library Board's Practical Guide to Hiring Outside Experts.


Members have FREE access to 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends as well as other digital publications. A value of more than $150.

Special Offers

Check out discounts and special offers from United for Libraries corporate sponsors including Better World Books, Cause Brokers, and Workman Publishing.


Access toolkits on topics such as starting a Friends group, Friends and libraries working together, running effective board meetings, and the roles of the library director, Trustees, and Friends.