Yakima Valley Libraries is located in the beautiful agricultural valley Yakima County in south central Washington State. Yakima County is 4,296 square miles and is the second largest county in Washington State. Yakima Valley Libraries serves the entire county with the exception of the City of Grandview. Yakima Valley Libraries is a junior taxing district that provides library services to the general public and is primarily supported through local property taxes.
The rural county library district was formed in 1945 and is now comprised of a central library and 16 community libraries located throughout Yakima County. All towns or cities, with the exception of the City of Grandview, are either annexed to or contracted with Yakima Valley Libraries for library services. Annexed cities include Harrah, Moxee, Selah, Yakima (Yakima Central, Southeast, and West Valley), Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wapato, and Zillah. Contracting cities include Mabton, Granger, Tieton and Naches. Rural county locations include Buena, Terrace Heights, and White Swan. Yakima Valley Libraries currently serves over 240,000 people in Yakima County.
In 2011 the library district was open a total of 41,548 hours and served 847,169 combined visitors. We circulated over 874,433 items and hosted 202,516 computer appointments using the 150 Internet computers available to the public.
Yakima Valley Libraries supports lifelong learning and an informed citizenry by providing free, open, and full access to a vast array of ideas and information.
Adopted: August 24, 1999