The Columbia County Rural Library District was formed in 2005 by the voters residing in the unincorporated area of Columbia County as a way to provide stable library funding. Working with the City of Dayton, the CCRLD increased library hours to 21 with the addition of a director in 2007. In January of 2008, the CCRLD took over management of the library. Additional staff was hired, which brought library operating hours up to 41 per week. The City of Dayton contracted with the CCRLD to expand services both in Dayton and in the unincorporated areas of Columbia County.
As of the end of 2008, over 3,000 new materials had been added, there had been over 20,000 library visits made by patrons, and over 22,000 checkouts of library materials.
On August 18, 2009, 74% of the voters in the City of Dayton voted YES to annex the City of Dayton to the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD). Beginning in 2011, all funding for the CCRLD is through assessed property value of the unincorporated area of the county and the City of Dayton.
At this time, the only area not served by the CCRLD is the town of Starbuck.
What We Offer:
- Books and audio books on cassette or CD
- DVD & VHS tapes
- Digital Collections
- Online Book Club (including online audio!)
- Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks
- Newspapers (Dayton Chronicle, Union-Bulletin, Waistburg Times, and Wall Street Journal)
- Local history and genealogy resources
- Computer use with signed agreement form, plus free Wi-Fi
- Interlibrary loan services (please see Fines & Fees for additional information)
- Fax and Copies (please see Fines & Fees for additional information)
- Research Databases
- Meeting Spaces