The City of Homewood has a Mayor-Council Government headed by the mayor and eleven council members. All funds to the Library from the City are appropriated annually by the City Council.
The Homewood Public Library Board of Trustees (the Library Board) is legally responsible for the operation of the Library. Library employees are not under the Jefferson County Personnel Board. The Library Board establishes policies relating to employees and operations. The Library Board consists of 5 members each living in and representing one of the 5 city wards. They are appointed by the Homewood City Council.
The Library Board appoints the Director who is responsible for the operation of the Library. The Director acts in an advisory capacity to the Library Board and serves as the Secretary to the Board. The Director is not a member of the Library Board and has no vote on matters under consideration. It is the Director’s responsibility, with the approval of the Library Board, to prepare the budget, determine operating procedures, and handle all personnel matters.
The Homewood Public Library is a member of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (PLJC). The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is the State Agency responsible for coordinating all Alabama public library services. Funds from the State and the County are appropriated through the Jefferson County Library Cooperative.