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Voters in Spokane and Pierce Counties establish county library districts, the first in the state.
Commissioners appoint first Board of Trustees; however, prosecuting attorney found 1935 enabling legislation “defective” in not providing legal basis for funding, so no actual service was established.
Second successful vote to form District after new legislation enacted in 1941.
District library services initiated, operating out of Spokane Public Library through contract for use of SPL branches; Margaret Grein named County Librarian.
Town of Fairfield and City of Medical Lake contract with SCLD; deposit stations also open in Rockford and Spangle.
Mildred Brackett named County Librarian.
Building at 1604 West Riverside, in Browne’s Addition, purchased for District offices; services provided through deposit stations, as well as contract with Spokane Public Library.
Bruce Carrick named County Librarian; bookmobile purchased and service begins; Town of Millwood voters reject measure to contract with SCLD for library service.
Valley Library built at 12004 East Main as first branch and as District offices; service provided through 10 deposit stations, bookmobiles, and Spokane Public Library; Deer Park contracts for services, joining Fairfield, Medical Lake, Rockford, Spangle, and Waverly.
Florence Johnson named County Librarian.
Susan Barclay named Director.
District voters approve full $2 million property tax levy for District operations. Cheney voters approve measure to establish library and contract with SCLD for services.
The Headquarters building at 11811 East First purchased; “Rural” dropped from District name; Valley Library remodeled; Cheney branch opens in 416 First storefront; Millwood branch opens in Town Hall; Orchard Avenue branch opens in remodeled fire station at 2902 N. Park Road; North Spokane branch opens at 10503 N. Division; all deposit stations close; Town of Rockford cancels contract due to fee increase.
New Fairfield Library building opens at 305 East Main.
New North Spokane Library building opens at 44 East Hawthorne; Outreach Services program initiated.
SCLD opens Deer Park Library in storefront building on Main Street.
Medical Lake Library opened; L. David Devine named Director.
Orchard Avenue Library closes combining with Millwood Library.
Administrative Offices and support functions move to 2901 North Argonne and Valley Library buildings.
Millwood Library closes and North Argonne Library opens; Deer Park Library moves to the basement of City Hall; bookmobile service ends; Spokane Cooperative Library Information System (SCOLIS) formed with four area libraries; Michael Wirt named Director.
Automated circulation system implemented; property in Otis Orchards acquired from East Valley School District for possible future library.
Former headquarters building sold; Latah and Waverly voters approve annexation to District.
District voters approve lifting 106% levy lid, with additional funds to be used for facility expansion; Cheney and Medical Lake voters approve annexation to District.
Latah and Waverly annexations effective.
Cheney and Medical Lake annexations effective.
Valley Library major expansion and remodeling completed, more than doubling size of building; Cheney voters approve bond issue for new library building.
City of Cheney receives Library Services & Construction Act matching grant for new library building.
District voters approve $4.975 million bond issue proposal for capital improvements in March 15 election; new Cheney Community Library building opens at 610 First; SCOLIS formed into consortium.
Automated circulation system upgraded and expanded; Eastern Washington University withdraws from SCOLIS consortium; groundbreaking held for North Spokane Library expansion; Medical Lake voters approve bond issue for new library building.
North Spokane Library expansion completed, tripling size of building; first service contract with Airway Heights; North Argonne Library moved to newly built building on 4322 N Argonne and name shortened to Argonne Library; computer catalogs installed at Airway Heights, Valley, and Argonne Libraries; City of Medical Lake receives Library Services and Construction Act matching grant for new library building.
Medical Lake Library built and opened at 321 East Herb; new Otis Orchards Library built; Deer Park Library expands its space in City Hall; computer catalogs installed in remainder of District libraries.
New Otis Orchards Library opens at 22324 East Wellesley; Rockford approves annexation to the District; voters approve levy lid override proposition to maintain levy rate in September 15 election.
Spokane Public Library withdraws from SCOLIS consortium; Rockford annexation effective.
Reciprocal use with Spokane Public Library ends: SPL begins requiring non-resident library card fee for District residents and District for adult City of Spokane residents; majority of voters approve $7.66 million bond proposal for capital improvements, but issue didn’t receive required 60% and validation in September election.
District voters approve $7.66 million bond issue proposal in February 6 election; Millwood voters approve annexation to the District; book return opens in Moran Prairie-Glenrose area.
New Airway Heights Library opens at 1213 S. Lundstrom; expanded and remodeled Cheney Library opens; Administrative Offices remodeled; new library automation system installed.
New Deer Park Library opens at 208 South Forest; Valley library renovated; new services include in-library public Internet access, dial-in catalog access, and SCLD website.
Renovated and expanded Fairfield Library opens; SCLD website redesigned and expanded.
New Moran Prairie storefront branch opens at 3022 East 57th in Cedar Canyon Village shopping center; property purchased for future Moran Prairie branch building; 2001-2003 Strategic Plan adopted; dial-in catalog access discontinued.
Deer Park and Fairfield voters approve annexation to the District; new City of Liberty Lake approved library service contract with the District; mailing service for requested materials discontinued; computer booking and time control system, with filtering options for minors, implemented.
New integrated library system software installed; workstations with office, reference and educational software installed in all branches through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant; reciprocal use agreement with Spokane Public Library approved; first Spokane Is Reading event.
Spokane Public Library reciprocal use agreement takes effect; 2004-2006 Strategic Plan adopted; Moran & Glenrose Prairie voters approve Library Capital Facility Area formation and bonds for new library; Valley Library first floor reconfigured; City of Liberty Lake terminates library services contract for 2004.
SCLD awarded 5-year City of Spokane Valley library services contract in RFP process; City of Spokane Valley library capital facilities plan developed; began installation of self-checkout and self-holds pickup; initiated regular adult programming and computer instruction classes.
City of Spokane Valley voters approve annexation to the District, effective in 2006; new Moran Prairie Library groundbreaking; website redesigned; Valley Library name changed to Spokane Valley Library.
New Moran Prairie branch opens, the first of District branches with Wi-Fi; voters approve a levy lid lift in September election; outreach services become branch-based.
61 new open hours added, including Sundays for five branches; launched downloadable audiobooks; computer network bandwidth increases; adopted Balanced Scorecard for future strategic planning; introduced “Look Inside” tagline; purchased Conklin Road property in Veradale/Greenacres area as future library site.
Greater Spokane Valley LCFA and bond election fails; participate in first NEA’s The Big Read; library cards redesigned; Spangle annexes to District; purchased Hastings Road property as new library site.
New online services introduced including Tutor.com and TumbleBooks; Playaway readers added to collection; work begins on the 20-year Library Facilities Master Plan.
Maintenance and operations levy lid lift receives 55% voter approval; Board approves 20-year Library Facilities Master Plan; new online services introduced include downloadable eBooks and music, Text a Librarian, and Library Thing.
Property purchased for future Administrative Offices expansion; begin accepting online payments; e-books become available for Kindle; overdue fees raised for the first time in 14 years; Airway Heights city council rejects advisory committee recommendation to annex to SCLD; Book-a-Librarian service begins; mobile version of website and mobile apps launched.
Mike Wirt Retired. Nancy Ledeboer appointed as Executive Director. Expanded hours at Medical Lake and Airway Heights from 3 days to 4 days a week. Purchased Sprague Avenue property in partnership with the City of Spokane Valley as site for a future library and park.
Spokane Valley Library Capital Facility Area (SVLCFA) and bond put before voters in April. Formation of SVLCFA is successful, however, bond attempt fails (with 55%) to reach supermajority approval of 60%.
A second attempt to fund the SVLCFA went to voters in August; with 57% approval the issue failed to receive a supermajority (60% needed). SVLCFA was dissolved. 3D printing became available at Spokane Valley Library. Airway Heights Library expanded hours to be open on Sundays.
Offered GED and High School Completion classes at Cheney Library in partnership with Spokane Community College. New digital resources offered: Foundation Directory Online (only at Cheney, North Spokane, and Spokane Valley Libraries), ABCMouse (in-library only), and ProCitizen.
The Library District opened its 11th location: The BookEnd at the Spokane Valley Mall. North Spokane Library underwent a remodel, which include the opening of The Lab. Spokane Valley Library opened The Studio in partnership with Community Minded Enterprises. New digital resource offered: SelectReads. Nancy Ledeboer retired. Patrick Roewe appointed as Executive Director.
Maintenance and operations levy lid lift receives 55% voter approval providing the funding necessary to support the present level of services and available materials provided by the Library, and to meet the demand for services and materials in the future. Spokane County Libraries app introduced.
Libraries closed to the public due to the pandemic. Offered Mobile Hotspots for 28-day checkout periods, increasing internet access to county residents. Introduced Mobile Printing and the Book Butler program. Partnered with Project ELLO (Everyday Language and Learning Opportunities) to introduce ways for parents and caregivers to boost early literacy skills.
Libraries reopened to the public, after being closed due to the pandemic. Introduced the SCLD Online Book Club. Debuted new logo. SCLD was awarded Libraries Build Business funding to expand programming to small businesses and entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented groups.
Introduced LINC (Libraries In Neighborhoods & Communities), the new mobile service library vehicle. LINC delivers a full library experience at community events throughout Spokane County and at regular location stops. Construction began on the new Spokane Valley Library, located at the corner of N Herald Rd and E Sprague Ave. Introduced the SCLD Online Authors Series.
The newly built Spokane Valley Library opened at 22 N Herald Rd. The BookEnd at Spokane Valley Mall closed. SCLD ended the practice of charging overdue fines. City of Airway Heights voters approve annexation to the District effective 2025.