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About the Library: Bulverde Area Rural Library District

Mission/Vision

The mission of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library is to promote literacy, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and support the arts, science and literary needs of our community. 

Our vision is to provide welcoming, flexible and blended spaces, where community members can gather, have access to valuable resources, learning, and leisure pursuits, no matter what age or stage of life.  We will foster creativity and inspire and cultivate contributions to the development of our community and our world.   

Bulverde Area Rural Library District

Bulverde Area Rural Library District (B.A.R.L.D.)

In January 2000 a special election established the Bulverde Area Rural Library District in the western portion of Comal County, funded by a ½ % sales tax, per Texas Local Government Code 326, which established Library Districts.  The library’s name became The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the service area of the Library District.  Click here to find out more about Library Districts.  If you are interested in seeing how the taxes in our area are spent, click here for the BSB Economic Development page on taxing districts.

Library Staff Monthly Reports

The Library Director is hired by the BARLD Trustees to manage the day to day operations of the library.  Here you will find monthly reports on those operations.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected by the voters of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library District every two years--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.

Beverlee Lemes - President (Term 2015-2017)

Lori MammenVP (Term 2016 - 2018)

Deborah Neubauer - Treasurer (Term 2015 - 2017)

Pat Rodriguez -  Secretary (Term 2016 - 2018)      

Kathleen Banse - Trustee (Term 2016 - 2018)

2016 BARLD Trustee Election Information

The Board of Trustees of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District are elected by the voters of the district every two years in May--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.  You must reside in the district in order to run for a position on the board.

Texas Secretary of State 2017 Important Election Dates

Bulverde Area Rural Library District Policies

Library support groups

To clarify the organizations associated with the library:

The BARLD Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible to the tax payers of the library district.  The Trustees set library policy and oversee the fiscal management of the tax revenue funds for the Library District.  

The Library Director is hired by and responsible to the BARLD Board of Trustees and is supervised directly by the President of the Board of Trustees.  The Library Director and staff carry out the day to day operations of the Library.

The Friends of the Library (FOL) group has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS and is responsible to members of the FOL for managing the FOL organization.  They conduct and support programs and activities for the library by providing funds and volunteers.

The Foundation of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library also has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS.  It is set up to provide financial support for the library system by setting up endowment funds and other specific funds, by soliciting and accepting donations to those funds, by administering those funds, and by conducting fund raising activities.

Upcoming Trustee Meetings

The BARLD Trustees meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00pm.  Meetings are open to the public.  The agenda will be posted on this webpage and in the library 72 hours prior to the meeting.  
The BARLD Trustees will hold a Special Session March 7, 2017 at 9:00am in the Bulverde Spring Branch Library meeting rooms.  
The BARLD Trustees will hold their next Regular Meeting Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Bulverde Spring Branch Library meeting rooms.  
You will find current agendas and minutes posted below.  To request prior minutes, please send a written request to the Library Director via email at susan@bsblibrary.org or by letter to 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.