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.