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Rural Library and Yakima Library
become Yakima Valley Regional Library

By the end of the 1940's the Yakima Valley was a checkerboard of library service areas. Sunnyside and Yakima each boasted a Carnegie library. Wapato, Selah, Buena, Toppenish and Granger had all organized their own city libraries. Smaller communities throughout the valley relied on the county library. These cities and towns took great pride in having a library, even though the costs involved kept growing.

In 1951 the county library and the city library in Yakima considered a merger. Moving books from the city library's overfilled shelves out to the rural libraries and using the city library as a cental office for the combined library system would solve some pressing problems, but they had two separate library boards and two head librarians. Who would be in charge? Follow the links below to learn how the Yakima Valley Regional Library was created.

  [1953] YVRL Report
  January 30, 1955 Report showing growth of the library 1950 - 1954 YVRL Report
  September 25, 1957 Yakima Sunday Herald
  November 6, 1957 YVRL document
  July 24, 1958 YVRL document
  January 6, 1959 Yakima Daily Republic
  January 11, 1959 YVRL Report
  January 11, 1959 Yakima Daily Republic
  January 11, 1959 Yakima Sunday Herald
  1959 1959 report to the community with information on how the regional library operated, the services provided, and service locations. YVRL Report

January 11, 1959


YVRL document

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