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History of the Eagle Public Library (EPL)
- Eagle residents Ruth and Norval Ostroot organize a volunteer library in the community
- Library moves into a rented building at 118 East State Street
- Library moves into a purchased building at 67 East State Street
- Library becomes a municipal, tax-supported institution
- Library building is remodeled to accommodate City Hall offices at front
- First full-time library employee, librarian Diana Rutledge, is hired
- Glenda Willis is appointed City Librarian
- Ann Gallinger is appointed City Librarian
- Friends of the Eagle Public Library first organized
1990 - 1993
- The Library Board contracts out the administration of EPL to Boise Public Library
- A $2.6 million bond measure to build a new library fails by three votes to get a required two-thirds majority
- 77% of Eagleâ€™s voters approve a $2.85 million bond issue to build a new library
- EPL joins regional LYNX! Consortium; cataloging and circulation automated
- New 16,700-square-foot facility is dedicated on Stierman Way
- Library Director Ann Gallinger retires; Library Director Ronald Baker is hired from Oregon
2003 - 2005
- First five-year strategic plan is written and approved, for FY 2005/06 - FY2009/10
- Boise begins paying reimbursement to EPL for providing excess service to its west end residents
- First full-time Youth Services Librarian hired
- Horizon, a Web-based Integrated Library System (ILS), introduced
- Circulation passes 300,000 annually
2006 - 2007
- Annual budget surpasses $1 million
- Collections pass 80,000 items
- EPLâ€™s circulation to non-residents in Boiseâ€™s west end and rural Ada County surpasses 40%
- Boise announces it will cease cost-per-circulation reimbursement to neighboring cities for providing excess library service to its residents during FY 2009/10
- In April the Library Board agrees to a plan to reduce Library income $470,000 over a 17-month period in order to shore up the Cityâ€™s General Fund; nine staff members are RIFed, open hours are reduced from 58 per week to 40, and collection development monies are radically reduced through September, 2010.
- Boise opens its first stand-alone, full-service library in the west end, on the southwest corner of Cole and Ustick, and begins a campaign to redirect its residents from EPL to the new facility.
- From July through September, the Library Board increases public hours to 50 per week when the City Council transfers salary savings from the General Fund to the Library Fund.
- On October 1 the FY 2010/11 budget allows hiring of five more part-time employees and the restoration of public hours to 55 per week.
- Collections reach 98,000 items.
- On March 1 Library Director Ronald Baker retires; Janice Campbell is Interim Director.
100 N Stierman Way
Eagle, Idaho 83616
Phone: (208) 939-6814
Fax: (208) 939-1359
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
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The mission of the Eagle Public Library is to provide relevant and high-interest collections, services, and programming to all residents of the City of Eagle and, contractually, to patrons residing within LYNX!, south Idahoâ€™s regional library consortium. In fulfilling this mission, the Library will strive to:
- encourage early childhood literacy;
- supplement and enrich the reading and research curricula for school-age children and youth;
- champion recreational reading;
- provide reliable reference, referral, and readersâ€™ advisory assistance;
- foster the discovery and exchange of ideas;
- promote and sustain lifelong learning;
- utilize technology to maintain efficient patron access to library resources and a high level of staff productivity;
- be flexible, creative, and pro-active in meeting the needs of a rapidly growing and changing community.
--The Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees, adopted June 13, 2005
Eagle Public Library is a member of the LYNX! Consortium, a regional cooperative of eleven independent libraries in southern Idaho. This Consortium shares an automated catalog and allows residents of Eagle to borrow materials from any member library in the Treasure Valley. The Consortiumâ€™s courier van makes deliveries of requested items among Treasure Valley libraries on a six-day-per-week basis. Eagle residents are, however, subject to the borrowing rules of the lending library. The following library facilities are part of the LYNX! Consortium:
The Libraryâ€™s first five-year Strategic Plan was adopted by the Eagle City Council on 26 July 2005. Its adoption was the culmination of a year-and-a-half community planning process by a nine-member committee appointed by the Libraryâ€™s Board of Trustees. The process included distribution of surveys to Eagleâ€™s 8,600 households to determine the publicâ€™s service and collection needs. The current plan expires at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009/1010. Given the uncertain economy and budgetary condition of the City of Eagle, the Library Board has decided to do an annual supplement to the Strategic Plan for FY 2010/2011.
For more information on this planning process, contact Library Director Ron Baker at 939-6814, ext. 2.