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LIBRARY FUTURES: A GOOD INVESTMENT  
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History

The WCLDF does not provide funding to take the place of the Weber County Library System’s annual operating budget, nor does it provide funding for bricks and mortar or employee salaries and benefits. The WCLDF does provide funding to ENHANCE the venues, programs, and services for the people the Library serves.

Through the years, major contributions have strengthened and enhanced the Library System in many ways.

1975-1976 — Enhanced the Southwest Branch Library, which opened in 1976, with furniture, fixtures, and equipment;

1979-1980 — Automated the Library System (checkout, online catalog);

1982-1983 — Enhance the North Branch Library with furniture, fixtures, and equipment;

1986-1987 — Enhanced an addition to the Southwest Branch Library with furniture, fixtures, and equipment;

1988-1990 — Enhanced Bookmobile services, including acquisition of a data radio system, which allowed on-line patron access to the Library computer system for reference and checkout;

1993-1995 — Enhanced the Ogden Valley Branch Library with public art, furniture, fixtures, and equipment;

1996-1997 — Enhanced Weber County Law Library services, making legal resources available to the general public in electronic formats;

1997-1998 — Enhanced public computer centers in each Library building, by providing Internet connectivity and software packages;

1999-2000 — Commissioned a professional (Dan Jones) survey of those living in Weber County to guide the Library Board of Trustees’ planning process;

2000-2001 — Procured accounts payable and general ledger software and training to improve the Library System’s annual budget execution;

2003-2004 — Commissioned a professional (Doug West), independent performance audit of Library operations to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of Library operations;

2005-2006 — Facilitated donation of a 4.25-acre building site for the Pleasant Valley Branch Library and Community Center to extend services to an underserved portion of the County;

2007-2009 — Enhanced programs and services to be offered in the new Pleasant Valley Branch Library and Community Center, including RFID (radio frequency identification) technology systems for materials handling and self-checkout services;

2010-2011 — Enhanced eMedia services, including one-stop kiosks for downloading of eBooks to various hand-held reading devices;

2012-2013 — Facilitated donation of 7.25-acre building site for the Southwest Branch/ Headquarters Library to facilitate expansion of services on the western side of the County;

2013-2014 — Enhanced a public awareness campaign to inform voters of issues related to a general obligation bond election in support of a Library five-year capital plan;

2014-2015 — Enhanced collections, equipment, and services in a new Southwest Branch/Headquarters Library;

2015-2016 — Funded a design competition to “reVive Lester Park,” in conjunction with renovation of the Main Library;

2017-2018 — Enhanced a renovated Main Library and renovated/expanded North Branch with original art and enhanced equipment and collections;

2019-2020 — Funded support of health and safety supplies for safe operation during a pandemic;

2021-2022 — Funded marketing research to facilitate enhancement of the Library website and help facilitate it’s evolution toward becoming a digital branch;