Longtime Boise Library Director Announces Retirement


In his tenure at the Boise Public Library, Kevin Booe has seen it grow hand in hand with the city. Stemming from one downtown location, the library has blossomed into branches around Boise, including one at the airport. At a Library Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 14, he announced that he would step down at the end of December.

“I have been privileged and honored to serve Boise citizens and library customers,” Booe wrote in a release.

Booe was appointed as assistant director in 1998, and took the top spot in 2007. Under Booe’s purview, the library has seen a 23% jump in daily visits, and a 56% jump in borrowing, according to the release.

“Kevin has been instrumental in developing Boise’s master facility plan since we started working together in 2004,” Mayor Dave Bieter wrote. “He has built a world-class library system that our whole city can be proud of. I want to thank him for his leadership and dedicated years of service to the well-being and education of Boiseans of all ages.”

Library trustees will begin the search for Booe’s interim and permanent replacements in December.