Librarian of Congress
The Librarian of Congress is the presidentially-appointed head of the agency and has legal authority to make rules and regulations governing the Library of Congress and to accept to receive gifts or bequests of money for immediate disbursement in the interest of the Library, its collections, or its service.
Meet the Librarian
Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.
Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979.
Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.
Trust Fund Board
The Library’s Trust Fund Board is authorized to accept, receive, hold, and administer such gifts or bequests of personal property for the benefit of, or in connection with, the Library, its collections, or its service, as may be approved by the board and by the Joint Committee on the Library. The Trust Fund Board also advises on the investment of the Library’s gift and trust funds. Board membership consists of the following positions:
- Secretary of the Treasury (or an Assistant Secretary designated by the Secretary of the Treasury),
- Chairman and the vice chair of the Joint Committee on the Library
- Librarian of Congress
- Two persons appointed by the President for a term of five years each
- Four persons appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives for a term of five years each
- Four persons appointed by the majority leader of the Senate for a term of five years each
Meet the Trust Fund Board
Ex Officio Members
- Librarian of Congress: Carla Hayden
- Chairperson, Joint Committee on the Library of Congress: JCL not yet organized
- Vice Chairperson, Joint Committee on the Library of Congress: JCL not yet organized
- Fiscal Assistant, Secretary of the Treasury (representing the Hon. Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury): David Lebryk
- Virginia Thomas
- Matthew Schlapp
House of Representatives Appointments
- J. Richard Fredericks
- Elizabeth Beretta-Perik
- Lawrence P. Fisher
- Gregory P. Ryan
- Christopher G. Long
- Kathleen L. Casey