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Library Commission


It is the mission of the Library Commission to advise the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian on matters of library policy, administration, operation, and service; to obtain public input; and to make suggestions and recommendations on any matters which have come to the attention of the Commission regarding the County Library.


All meetings are posted at Library Headquarters. Meetings are open to the public.

3rd Wednesday each month
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

County Library Headquarters
7400 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Periodic meetings in County Libraries, as announced.

History and Structure

The County Library Commission was formed by order of the Board of Supervisors in 1994 and was composed of 15 members appointed by the Board. Prior to 1994, Regional Library Councils in the 5 County Library Regions provided the opportunity for citizen participation and input regarding County Library operations.

In 1996, the Board of Supervisors ordered the Commission to be restructured following a proposal developed by a working group of representatives of involved agencies. The new Library Commission has 20 members. Ten commissioners are selected by the City Selection Committee of representatives of the cities served by the County Library, selections to be made from among elected city council members in those cities; and ten commissioners appointed by the Board of Supervisors, two by each Supervisor. This action created a Commission which represents both the unincorporated areas and the cities served by the County Library.

Commission Goals

  1. Provide input to the Library regarding efforts to stabilize funding, and advocate for more stable library funding at both the local and state levels.
  2. Advise the County Librarian with regard to the changing needs of libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
  3. Assist in publicizing and promoting the programs and services for the County Library to all county residents.
  4. Schedule Commission meetings at a variety of locations, and publicize meeting times and locations to increase public attendance and provide a forum where residents may give and receive information about library services.
Current Commissioners
Bob J. Archuleta
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Pico Rivera
Appointed by City Selection Committee
Velma S. Ashford
Resident of Carson
Appointed by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
Corey Calaycay
Council Member, City of Claremont
Appointed by City Selection Committee
Nicole Chase
Resident of Sylmar
Appointed by Supervisor Yaroslavsky
Joseph A. Cislowski
Resident of West Hollywood
Appointed by Supervisor Yaroslavsky
Richard E. Colbary, Chair
Resident of Lomita
Appointed by Supervisor Knabe
Jim Dear, Secretary
Mayor, City of Carson
Appointed by City Selection Committee
Raquel R. Galan
Resident of Los Angeles
Appointed by Supervisor Molina
Revé Gipson
Resident of Los Angeles
Appointed by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
Herb Hatanaka
Resident of Los Angeles
Appointed by Supervisor Knabe
Patricia A. Lopez, Vice-Chair
Resident of Whittier
Appointed by Supervisor Molina
Josefina Reyes
Resident of Granada Hills
Appointed by Supervisor Antonovich
Waymon E. Roy
Resident of Palmdale
Appointed by Supervisor Antonovich
Sonny Santa Ines
Council Member, City of Bellflower
Appointed by City Selection Committee
David Spence
Council Member, City of La CaƱada-Flintridge Library
Appointed by City Selection Committee
Laura Zahn Rosenthal
Mayor, City of Malibu
Appointed by City Selection Committee

To communicate with the Commission, please contact us:

County Library Commission
7400 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Phone: (562) 940-8412
Email: librarycommission@library.lacounty.gov