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Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide friendly, convenient access to the world with books, materials, current technology, and programs for all ages in a safe and welcoming environment.

Library History

The Stanley Community Library District began as an "Astronomy/Missing Civilizations Club," which was formed in 1977. Efforts to find books and materials for club projects led to the formation of the Stanley Community Volunteer Library on January 18, 1979. At that time volunteers operated the library from the Mountain Village Lodge lobby, and later moved it across the street to the Stanley Steamer Building. From 1983 to November 1999 the library was located in the Community Building on Highway 21. For many years the library thrived solely through volunteer efforts and assistance from the Idaho State Library (now the Idaho Commission for Libraries) and Eastern Idaho Regional Library. Funding came through donations and option tax money from the City of Stanley. In May of 1998 the community of Stanley voted to form a library taxing district.

In January 2013, the library moved to a new facility on Niece Avenue that provides more space for users, with much better visibility and energy-efficiency, and includes a multipurpose room that will meet many needs and be accessible after hours to community groups.

Stanley Library Today

Library Director:
Jane Somerville
Library Assistant:
Phillip Enright
  • Trustee Phil Coonts
  • Trustee Sylvia Hamilton
  • Trustee Doug Plass
  • Trustee Maryellen Easom
  • Trustee Rachel Zero
Usage by the community in 2015:
  • Open 1,938 hours
  • 6,718 visitors
  • 66 children's programs with 327 participants
  • 27 adult programs with 224 participants
  • 3,695 items circulated
  • 43 interlibrary loan requests for other libraries across the county
  • 1,715 public access computer users
  • 1,049 wireless users (not counting users who accessed connection outside library
  • 624 items added to collection, including a new DVD collection
  • 23,320 items, including print materials, audio and e-books, and DVD/Blu-ray movies
We have nearly 6,000 items in our collection. Patrons can also borrow books through the Interlibrary Loan system.
The library is open to the public 34 hours per week and offers many services, including the following:
  • wireless Internet access and printing
  • nine public access Internet terminals
  • two public access iPads
  • research assistance
  • test proctoring
  • copy and fax services
  • book discussions, lectures, and readings
  • monthly visits for Stanley students
  • Read'N'Feed programs for kids and young adults
  • Summer Reading programs
  • ongoing used book sale on the Community Center porch
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Two of the youngest participants at the 2012 Christmas Reading
Photo by Leise Dean
Regular Library Hours
Monday: 12:00-6:00
Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:00-4:00
Thursday: 12:00-6:00
Friday and Saturday: 10:00-6:00
Sunday: closed

Donations to the library gratefully accepted! How to Donate

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P.O. Box 230, 240 Niece Avenue | Stanley, ID 83278