Library Administration


For any questions regarding the Board of Managers, please email Executive Assistant, Sebastian Northey-Primer at

  • President: Terry J. O’Byrne
  • Vice President: Samuel A. Nolen
  • Treasurer: Mr. C. Barr Flinn
  • Secretary: Mr. Jamar Rahming, Director of the Wilmington Public Library
  • H. Rodney Scott
  • Neal J. Howard
  • Anthony W. Lunger
  • Wendell Fenton
  • Ellen Barrossen
  • N. Christopher Griffiths
  • Reverend Clifford Johnson

  • The Honorable Matthew S. Meyer, County Executive
  • The Honorable Michael S. Purzycki, Mayor

  • Mr. Cleon L. Cauley, Sr, Chief of Staff for Mayor Williams
  • Mr. Terence O’Byrne President of Friends of the Library

Financial Support:

The principal source of the Library’s operating budget is New Castle County property taxes. New Castle County, through the Department of Community Services, reviews operating budgets annually and requests proposals for the next fiscal year in the Fall. County funds represent approximately 74% of the Library’s operating budget. Other sources of funds are Private Endowment 6%; the State of Delaware 15%; and the City of Wilmington 3%; additional Grants 5%.

State funds are received from the State of Delaware’s operating budget, the amount of which is allocated according to a formula. The formula emphasizes the importance of local contributions; State funds increase each year if local funding for the prior year increases.

On-going development projects, including Annual Giving Appeals, are performed by The Wilmington Library Foundation.

Each year the Friends of the Wilmington Library contribute funds from proceeds of two annual book sales, membership drives, and proceeds from the Friends Book Shop. The Friends also provide funds for the salary of the Library’s part time Coordinator of Volunteers.

Additional revenues are received annually from fines, administrative fees for borrowing audio-visual materials, gifts, bequests and special memorial funds.

Capital funds are provided by special grants, from special fund raising efforts by The Wilmington Library Foundation and from Federal, State, County or City grants.

Each year the Foundation contributes funds to the Library for capital improvements and for specifically designated operating needs. The Foundation was created in 1988 and offers endowment for special needs.