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 Area Rural Library District 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.
In compliance with Local Government Code paragraph 140.008, as provided by House Bill 1378, the Bulverde Area Rural Library District is required to report to the public its debt obligations.
The Board of Trustees are elected by the voters of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District every two years--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.
Donna Harris - President (Term 2018 - 2020)
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.
There is currently only one library in the District, the Mammen Family Public Library. The library’s name was originally The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the service area of the Library District but in 2018, after a generous donation from the Mammen Family Foundation of $2,000,000, the BARLD Trustees voted to rename the building in honor of the Mammen Family. The Mammen donation was restricted by their Foundation to be used only for programming for the community, not for any capital expenditures. The donation has provided the district the capability to provide programming for the next 20-40 years.
The Library District does not receive any property taxes and only benefits if you shop in the western portion of Comal County. In 2016 the BARLD Trustees commissioned a 10 year Master Facilities plan and in 2018 initiated the first phase of the plan, to get ahead of growth expected in the area by expanding the existing facility. The 2018-2019 expansion/renovation was funded through bonds from an interlocal agreement with Comal County.