A brief history...
Before the formation of the Lincoln County Library District, people living in unincorporated areas of Lincoln County and Depoe Bay did not have access to a public library.
In 1991 the city libraries of Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo and Waldport began contracting with the Library District to receive funds for providing fee free library service to all residents of Lincoln County.
In order to continue this service, voters in 2004 approved a local option tax levy at 9¢ per $1,000 assessed value.
Lincoln County Library District collects money from all Lincoln County taxpayers except those who live within the city limits of Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Yachats. This money goes to pay for library services for those taxpayers. This means that each District resident gets a free library card and free use of all Lincoln County city libraries and resources.
About 70% of the tax money collected goes directly to the libraries in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, Siletz, and Waldport and the rest is used for County staff and expenses to provide services for Lincoln County libraries. Such services include courier services, cataloging, interlibrary loans, Stories-to-Go kits, support of the countywide Summer Reading Program, etc.