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Chiloquin - Chiloquin Branch Library

140 South First Street
541-783-3315

History

The Chiloquin Branch of the Klamath County Library was established in 1928. The library was situated in the Council Chambers in the City Hall. The Klamath County Library provided books, and the branch served the schools as well as the population of Chiloquin and outlying areas. Circulation reports show the library was heavily used.

In the early 1970s, the library was moved to the old high school building. In December 1978, the heating system gave out and the building was torn down, after which the library became inactive. In 1980, the Chiloquin Lions Club and many interested citizens got permission to remodel a room in the City Hall building for the library, which was reactivated in May 1980. A very active Friends of the Chiloquin Library (FOCL) group was organized on March 2, 1980, the first official meeting for which was held on April 2, 1980.

The City of Chiloquin provided space and paid for utilities for the library until November 1994, at which time the City required use of the space the library was occupying in City Hall. The Cornerstone Christian Fellowship then offered to donate a portion of the space it was renting at the Chiloquin Plaza to provide a space for the library on a temporary basis. The library gratefully accepted this offer and the move was made during the first week of November, with all volunteer help. It was evident that the library would have to become self-supporting.

The Friends of the Chiloquin Library initiated a pledge program, which was generously supported by the community, held fund-raising events and wrote for grants to cover the basic expenses. In 1997, the library was able to double its space by expanding into the next-door area of Chiloquin Plaza.

In 1999, the FOCL, together with the Two Rivers Village Arts, both under the tax-exempt umbrella of Chiloquin Visions in Progress, launched a five year effort to obtain funding for construction of a community center which would house both facilities as well as provide additional services to the community. With passage of the Klamath County Library Service District in 2000, operation of the library in its proposed new location was assured. The Chiloquin Community Center was completed in May, 2004, and library volunteers moved the collection into its new space.It is a beautiful facility, with room to expand the collection and for activities and programs that benefit both children and adults. Library usage is increasing steadily, hours have been expanded, and FOCL can concentrate now on enhancing services and supporting programs in the library.


Reviews

Wendy Bernard

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Clean, well lit small town library. Those that work there are polite and smiling. Typical library and if they don't have what you're looking for odds are they can get it from the main library for you. They do have computers, and sessions for the children where books are read to them. Pride is shown in the care of the library and I've never seen it crowded or loud. A true gem in Chiloquin.

Ryan Donohue

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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Its a great place to keep your self entertained and even if you get tired of reading you can either hop on the computer or answer the daily question to get a free for your own and to take home .

Gail Graham

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Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
Real asset to the community.

Patrick Vroman

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Very small, but you can request anything in the county library system.

Eric Saylors

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Monday, March 21, 2016

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