Haines Borough Public Library, Haines

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The Haines Borough Public Library is the only public library in the Haines Borough area of Alaska.HistoryThe library was first incorporated by the Haines Women's Club as the Haines Library Association in 1931. The library was moved into new quarters in 1959 and saw additions in 1979 and 1987. In the late 90s a fundraising effort that saw donations from the a large number of local individuals, businesses, the federal government, and numerous philanthropies all chipping in for the construction of new and expanded library. Ground was broken on the project in 2002 and after nearly eight months of construction — with large amount of the labor being volunteered by community members — the library was opened in early 2003.RecognitionWithin two years of its opening, the library saw itself on the pages of Library Journal as the "Best Small Library in America" for 2005. The journal cited its community involvement and the following statistics: Library circulation increasing 77% in the last five years 28,000 computer sessions in 2005, having tripled since 2000 60,000+ visits a year Over 75 community volunteersDragonfly ProjectThe Dragonfly Project features tech-savvy youth mentoring their older community members in use of technology. The innovative project was cited by the Library Journal as a way of maintaining community involvement.
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  • If you ever find yourself in Haines, this library is worth a visit. Voted the best small town library in the U.S., it is not difficult to see why.  more »
  • Short walk from cruise ship which was great. I wanted to use their computer to lookup some things. They have 15 minute maximum. If you bring your own device you can sit in library and use the wifi for...  more »
  • This library has won an award for being the best small town library in the US, loved it, but will say, that I think you have to love books and libraries, or arts and crafts style buildings to really e...  more »

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