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The Boise Public Library improves community members' quality of life by supporting their efforts to enhance knowledge, realize creative potential, and share ideas and stories.


We are committed to intellectual freedom, universal access, innovation, and providing a world class experience for all members of the community.

Funding & Operations
Boise Public Library is a part of the City of Boise and is funded primarily through local property taxes. The Board of Trustees sets policy for operations, and the Friends of the Boise Public Library and the Boise Public Library Foundation provide additional financial support. Approximately 150 employees and dozens of volunteers work together to provide library services to the community. 

Community Impact (Fiscal Year 2018)

Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018
Your libraries get A LOT of use! Check out the numbers below to see just how people are using our library system. 

  • In-person visits—1.5M
  • Items borrowed (circulation)—2.7M
  • Program attendance—139,904 
  • Summer reading program—4,000 kids, teens, and adults 
  • Reference questions—208,136 
  • Public computer Internet sessions—209,485 (11.9M minutes of use)
  • Main Library hours open*—3,328
  • Branch library hours open*—10,400
  • Active borrowers—143,000 (64% of Boise's population) 
  • Volunteer hours—4,244
  • Volunteers—70
  • FY 2018 Budget—$12.95M

*Daily average excluding holidays and other closures 

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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