Library Journal

“We created the Best Small Library in America Award to recognize the achievements of libraries in small communities with limited means but the greatest of success. The Haines Borough Public Library is a clear winner for its steady progress, commitment to community, and excellent services,” - ...


In 2000 the Haines Borough Public Library circulation was 56,283. In 2012 it was 103,093. At over 70 years old, our library is a growing tradition.

Chilkat Valley News

“There isn't a small-town library in the country that does a better job serving its community than the Haines Borough Public Library. That's what judges for the Library Journal decided in naming the Haines library the best small library in America for 2005.” The Chilkat Valley News

Dr. Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Mortimer Jerome Adler

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” Mortimer Jerome Adler

Lemony Snicket

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Heather Baby Photo

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher

Frederick Douglass

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass

General Quote

"A library is more than a brick and mortar building filled with delicious books. It is also a community of people who live to invest in our youth, who read for knowledge and fun, and who are ready to include anyone who walks through the door."

Digital Libraries

"We live in the world of digital libraries. Print is fast becoming a memory. Despite this progression, the need for the library is more important today than in the past. Digitized information provides users faster, easier and more useful data than ever before." Deborah Peters, Author