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Library Board

About the Board

The Library Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month in the library meeting room, though special meetings are occasionally called. A majority of the members constitutes a quorum. The board bylaws can be viewed here.

The City of Northfield Library Board makes recommendations regarding the library administration, policies, annual budget, operations, and maintenance of all library facilities. The board monitors and advocates for legislation concerning public libraries. The board also cooperates with other public officials and boards to maintain positive community relations.                               

Board Minutes and Agendas                         City Meeting Portal 


Name Office Term Expiration Date Phone Number
Mason Randall Chair 12/31/2021 512-293-7932

Robert Anderson

12/31/2021 507-546-2216
Thelma Estrada 12/31/2021 952-492-1037
                                               Tammy Hayes                                                                                                12/31/2019 507-663-0213
William A.Johnson 12/31/2021 507-663-0169
Cathy Oehmke -- 12/31/2021 507-301-3636
Bradley Schaffner 12/31/2020 507-301-5863
Margit Zsolnay 12/31/2019 218-355-0930
Grace Casson Youth Rep    
Max Gordon Mercer Youth Rep NA
James Shuffleton Youth Rep -- NA
Judith Szhotzko SELCO Rep -- NA
Bill North Friend's Rep 507-645-7807
Teresa Jensen City Staff Liaison   507-645-1801
Becky Novotny Clerical Liaison 507-645-1805

Applications and Membership Requirements

The Board consists of nine members as determined by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. Terms are staggered for continuity with a three consecutive term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

Since the cooperative library system serves Rice County residents, as well as those who live within the city limits, state law allows for up to four members of the board to be Rice County residents. Dakota County residents, unless living within the Northfield city limits, are not eligible for the board, as they are served by a different library system. 

The Mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in maintaining a good public library for the use of the citizens of Northfield, along with willingness to serve and background.

The online application can be found at