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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 LEED certification.
In 2009, the Alta Branch Library opened in its location on Alta School Road, in Alta, Wyo.
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 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.
The library is proud to have seven Masters-degreed librarians on its staff.
Governance & Funding
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 garners 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 provides supplemental funds through patron donations and grants, which provide funding for library offerings such as public access computers and free Wi-Fi; computer classes and technology tutoring; early literacy initiatives; as well as speakers, programs, and multicultural events for all ages.
The Teton County Library Friends contribute a wide range of volunteer services in support of the library’s programs and operations. The Library Friends, in 2014, contributed 864 volunteer hours per month.