Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – May 18, 2021

Online Meeting Recording

Recording of the May 18, 2021 meeting of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors

Public Meeting Notice

Board of Directors
Chicago Public Library/Chicago Public Library System
Regular Meeting
May 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

The May 18, 2021 meeting of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors will be hosted virtually, with a link available here ahead of the meeting.

Public Comment

A summary of the public comment portion is available below:

  • Written statements are the preferred method of public comment and will be accepted up to 24 hours in advance of the meeting at
  • Public comment will take place at the end of the meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak must complete the speaking request form, ahead of the meeting. You may access the form on the Board of Directors agenda post on the CPL website. Forms must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Mon, May 17th.
  • A maximum of 5 members of the public will be permitted to comment. Selected speakers will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each will be given instructions on how to provide up to 2 minutes of comment.

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May 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Virtual Meeting

  1. Approval of minutes for the January 26, 2021 meeting. (action required)
  2. Schedule of Requisitions, Contracts and Licenses (info only)
  3. CPL Capital Projects and Facilities Report (info only)
  4. Programming Update
  5. Commissioner’s Report (info only)
    • Big Wins from First 90 days
    • 2020-2024 Strategy Update
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Strategy
    • True Name on Library Cards
    • Altgeld Branch Library Anchors New Family Resource Center
    • Neighborhood Activation & Safety
    • Open Chicago Timeline
    • Increasing Access - Sunday Hours
    • Maker-in-Residence Update
    • New Digital Collections
    • HWLC / CBRE Wins BOMA (TOBY) Award
    • Library of the Year Nomination (LOTY)
    • Retirements
  6. Chicago Public Library Foundation Report (info only)
  7. Other Business
  8. Public Comment

Next Board meeting: September 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. / Virtual Meeting