The mission of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is to provide the community with exceptional library collections and services through state of the art technology and attractive and well-designed facilities.
Diversity: Providing equitable services and employment opportunities that reflect the diversity of our county.
Quality Service: Acting with initiative, creativity and flexibility and utilizing state of the art technology to provide excellent customer service to all.
Intellectual freedom: Dedication to providing free and open access to information and supporting library user’s right to privacy.
Partnerships: Collaboration with other libraries, local agencies and organizations.
Public trust: Open, effective and efficient stewardship of library resources.
Community Investment: Providing facilities at the heart of each community as a gathering place for all ages and the fundamental source for lifelong learning.
The Walla Walla County Rural Library District was established in 1972 with a permanent tax base and operates as an independent municipal corporation under Washington State law. The Walla Walla County Commission appoint members to the Library District Board of Trustees, each with a 5-year term. As a body, the Board holds all subsequent legal authority. With an annual budget of $1.1 million, the District serves the 17,000 rural residents of unincorporated Walla Walla County and the City of Prescott with five community libraries and many online services offering digital content.
The District is funded by a tax of up to .50 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value. The District's current tax rate is 46 cents per $1,000 of property value.
The communities served by the Library District are diverse small towns that see their libraries as community centers and gathering places—integral to community life.
Walla Walla County is in southeastern Washington State along the Oregon state line. The rolling hills and the mountain backdrop are the perfect rural setting. This area is known for its agriculture--apples, wheat, sweet onions, and vineyards.
The District participates in the WALNET Library Consortium with the Walla Walla Community College Libraries. Through WALNET, both library systems participate in a joint catalog that anyone with a valid WALNET library card may access. The current WALNET catalog contains over 130,000 items.