Governance of the Louisville Free Public Library

The Louisville Free Public Library is an agency of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government. Library buildings and other assets are owned by the Louisville Metro Government and library staff members are Metro Government employees. The library’s director is an appointee of the Louisville mayor. The legal status of the library is established in Section 32.370 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances Ordinance 32.370 (.pdf) and in Section 173.105 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes KRS 173.105 (.pdf).


The Mission of the Louisville Free Public Library is to provide the people of Louisville Metro with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

Equity Impact Statement

View the Louisville Free Public Library's Equity Impact Statement.

The Role of the Library Advisory Commission

The Louisville Free Public Library Advisory Commission is a nine-member body of citizens appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Metro Council to represent the people of Louisville in the affairs of their public library. The Commissioners advise elected officials and the library director on the direction of the library and on its operations. By Louisville Metro ordinance, the Commission holds sole authority for the contents of the Library’s collection and for the use of donated funds. The mayor may delegate additional responsibilities to the Commission; in recent years the Commission has led the Library’s efforts at long-range planning, evaluated services and facilities, and conducted an annual evaluation of the library director’s performance.

Lisa Pearce, Chair Allison Strickland
Keith Runyon Tiffany Stith
Carla Robinson Florence Chang
Marcus Walker Nathan Smith
Aaron Miller  

Supporting Organizations

A number of voluntary citizen groups support the library through private fundraising, volunteer activities and advocacy. These groups include the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library, and 17 support groups affiliated with individual branch libraries.

Last Updated: 08/09/2022