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History & Facility
Founded in 1938, and first housed in a room in the log cabin American Legion Hall in downtown Jackson, Wyoming, Teton County Library has grown to reflect the expanding needs of the Jackson Hole community.
In 2013, the library completed a voter-approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax-funded renovation and addition project of its main branch on Virginian Lane. The project attained Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Alta Branch Library
In 2009, the Alta Branch Library opened in its location on Alta School Road, in Alta, WY.
Teton County Library serves a population of over 20,000 year-round residents, a significant seasonal workforce and regional visitors that number in the millions annually.
Staff & Resources
Teton County Library has a staff of skilled librarians (seven of whom have masters degree in library science) and assistants, core and special collections, a range of robust and growing digital resources, a host of skill-building classes and dynamic programs, as well as public meeting rooms with state-of-the art audio-visual equipment.
Teton County Library strives to provide a current, diverse and responsive collection that meets the informational and cultural needs of our community. Additionally, we are committed to maintaining our Jackson Hole and Western Americana Collections. We endeavor to create a collection that reflects the broad and diverse interests of our active, engaged community in the formats that best reach our full population across an expansive geographic area.
Governance & Funding
Teton County Library, a county agency, is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are appointed by the Teton County Board of Commissioners.
County property taxes function as the primary funding source for the library, providing the budget to sustain the facility, staff and core collections. County support comprises 85% of the library’s total fiscal year operating budget.
Teton County Library benefits from an active private-public partnership with the Teton County Library Foundation, from which the library garners 10% of its annual budget. Additionally, the library receives in-kind volunteer support, totaling 5% of its annual costs, from the Teton County Library Friends.
Supporting Nonprofit Organizations
The Teton County Library Foundation was originally founded in 1982 to accept gifts to the library. In 1994, it became an active fundraising organization with the goal of securing the land at 125 Virginian Lane.
The Library Foundation contributes support from donations, grants, and fundraising events to provide library offerings such as public access computers and free Wi-Fi; computer classes and technology tutoring; early literacy initiatives; and speakers, programs, and multicultural events for all ages.
The Teton County Library Friends contribute a wide range of volunteer services as well as income earned in the Friends' Book Nook in support of the library’s programs and operations. In 2018, the Library Friends contributed 864 volunteer hours per month.