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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 1988 the Lincoln County Commisioners created the Lincoln County Library District. 


In 1991 the voters of the Lincoln County Library District approved addoption of a permanent tax rate of $.2465 per $1,000 of assessed value


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 which allows all District residents to get 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 District staff and services for Lincoln County libraries. These  services include: courier delivery of books and dvds to your local library; interlibrary loan services for ordering library materials for free from libraries across the county; cataloging library materials so that they can be accessed by all library users; and support of countywide Summer Reading Programs for all Lincoln County Libraries and residents.