About the Lake County Library District
Lake County Library District facilities are currently open to the public for normal operating hours. As of August 13, 2021, per state mandate, masks are required for all persons age 5 and older entering library buildings. Library Take Out is available for those who do not wish to enter, and WiFi is available outside most library facilities. Thank you for your patience.
Our Mission and Values
Lake County Libraries provide inviting community spaces to nurture young readers, explore stories and information, and connect with others. Our SIRCLE of values--Service, Integrity, Respect, Community, Learning, and Excellence--drives every action we take to satisfy our mission.
In 2018, the library board asked community members to prioritize library services. Based on their input, board members and library staff collaborated on a Strategic Plan 2018-2023. You can read the full plan below.
About the Libraries
Welcome to the Lake County 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.
Based on community input, the library has adopted the following Community Impact Goals:
We will meet these goals by offering you a wide variety of stories and information to check out, programs to encourage a love of reading in children of all ages, public computers and Wi-Fi, and programs for lifelong learning for adults - all inside increasingly comfortable libraries in Lake County.
For more information, you can read the whole strategic plan by clicking the link to the left, or explore our website to learn more.
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. For every $1.00 paid in property taxes in the county, about $0.03 go to support our libraries, on average. 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 Thursday of the month and are normally rotated to different locations around the county. 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 Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM via Zoom. If library meeting rooms are open, the public may also join the meeting at the Main Library in Lakeview. If you would like to attend via Zoom, contact your local library for information on joining the meeting. The meeting agenda will be posted below when available.
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact Library Director Amy Hutchinson at the Main Library at 541-947-6019 to make such requests.
The September 16, 2021, regular meeting includes two executive sessions. One is pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e), to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the city to negotiate real property transactions. The other is pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) – To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer.
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. The current year FY 2020-21 budget is linked below.
Budget Hearing FY 2020-21
A public meeting of the Lake County Library District will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM at the Main Library located at 26 South G St, Lakeview, Oregon, and virtual via Zoom (link provided upon request). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 as approved by the Lake County Library District Budget Committee. A summary and details of the budget approved by the Budget Committee is presented below. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained on or after June 10th, 2021, at any Lake County Library District location during normal business hours or online at www.lakecountylibrary.org. 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.
Notice of Budget Committee Meeting FY 2021-22
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Lake County Library District, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 10:00 AM. In compliance with COVID-19 public health guidelines, this meeting will be held via virtual means. 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 via virtual means and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. To obtain information for connecting to the meeting remotely, contact your local Lake County Library District location during regular business hours. Written comments on the budget for consideration by the Budget Committee will also be accepted until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, via mail addressed to 26 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630; personal delivery to a Lake County Library District location; or email at email@example.com.
A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained online below on or after Friday, May 14, 2021. If you are unable to view the budget via Internet, a copy of the budget may be requested from your local Lake County Library District location.