About the Lake County Library District
Our Mission and Values
Lake County Libraries enrich every person by providing comfortable community spaces to satisfy curiosity, stimulate imagination, create young readers, and explore local heritage. Our SIRCLE of values--Service, Integrity, Respect, Community, Learning, and Excellence--drives every action we take to satisfy our mission.
About the Libraries
The Lake County Library District consists of the Main Library in Lakeview, and branches in Paisley, Christmas Valley and Silver Lake. The Lake County Libraries provide free public library services to all residents living within Lake County, with services also available to non-residents for a fee.
The library system holds over 47,000 items, including over 42,000 books; 1,400 books on cassettes and compact discs; over 3,500 videos, and a small collection of music CD's. We even offer telescopes and electrical useage meters to check out!
In addition to these materials, many people use our services to download audio and ebooks, access the Internet through the Library’s high-speed connection or wireless access point, or to attend one of the Library’s many events.
Welcome to the Lake County Libraries!
Love Your Library
Would you like to show you library some love?
Check out our Employment & Volunteering page for volunteer opportunities; our Friends of the Library page for information about the Friends groups and activities; or the Library Endowment Fund page to learn more about how they provide perpetual support to the library.
We also welcome donated fiction and nonfiction books in good, clean condition. If you have one bag or box, feel free to bring them in at your convenience. For more substantial donations, give your local library a call to coordinate. Please no textbooks or encyclopedias.
Board of Directors
The Lake County Library District is a special library district with a dedicated tax base to support the operation of the libraries. About 3% of the property taxes paid in Lake County go to support our libraries. The library system is governed by a five-member board of directors. Board members are elected by voters to a term of 4 years, and may be re-elected. Current board members are:
Board meetings are generally held on the 3rd Monday of the month, usually at the Paisley Library. Several meetings each year are rotated to different locations around the community. If you would like to talk to a member of the Library Board, please call the Main Library at 541-947-6019 for contact information.
The next regular meeting of the library board is scheduled for Monday, 17, at 4:30 pm at the Paisley Branch Library located at 513 Mill St, Paisley, OR 97636. The meeting agenda is posted below.
The Lake County Library District budget is set by a budget committee consisting of the five elected library board members and five community members appointed by the board. The board appoints a Budget Officer to propose a budget to the committee. The Library Director is currently the Budget Officer.
Below are links to the current fiscal year's budget and information about the budget process for the upcoming year.
A public meeting of the Lake County Library District was held on June 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm at Paisley Branch Library. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 as approved by the Lake County Library District Budget Committee. A summary of the budget is presented below. This budget is for an annual budget period. This budget was prepared on a basis of accounting that is the same as the preceding year.
Budget Committee Meeting
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Lake County Library District will be held at the Paisley Branch Library on Friday, June 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.
A copy of the budget document and other documents related to the meeting may be inspected or obtained on or after May 26, 2017, at any library location during normal business hours or by clicking the links below.