The Tillamook County Library will submit to the voters the renewal of the library’s 5 year operating levy on the May Ballot. The rate will remain at 65 cents a thousand again. This is the third levy using this rate. A home valued at $100,000 pays $65.00 a year for library services.
The Library has been on a levy since 1983 when the County had a budget situation and the Library was asked to move to a levy to stay open. The levy funds 95% of all operations of the library. The County provides staffing, books, nonprint, public computers, internet, wireless, programs. The Library has between 24 and 25 employees to staff the 6 locations and the bookmobile.
The County owns the Main Library building and the bookmobile. The branches are owned by separate organizations:
Bay City Branch- City of Bay City provides space
Garibaldi Branch-City of Garibaldi provides space
Manzanita Branch-owned and maintained by the North County Library Friends
Pacific City Branch-owned and maintained by the South Tillamook County Library Club
Rockaway Branch-owned and maintained by the Rockaway Beach Friends of the Library
The Main Library is open 65 hours a week and the branches are open 25-36 depending on the branch.
The library annual report contained the following statistics for the period ending June 30, 2016:
18,722 cardholders 9.7% increase
403,812 items checked out
195,652 visits to the Libraries
64,705 online sessions-library computers and wifi
968 library programs presented
13,937 program attendance
For more information contact the Sara Charlton (Charlton@co.tillamook.or.us) at the Library.