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100 years of library services and resources
for the people of Deschutes County


In 1916, voters established Deschutes County in a break from Crook County and Prineville to better control their own destinies. Among the accomplishments of the young county was the foundation of the Deschutes County Library system in January 1920, with 3,488 books in circulation and 1,252 cardholders by the end of that first year. The Central Oregon community grew by leaps and bounds in the 100 years since, and so have we. Now, with hundreds of thousands of items in circulation and nearly 90,000 library card holders, we reach people where they are, whether it’s in one of our six locations, online, or through community outreach.

Join us in 2020 as we look back on a century of community. For the first 10 months of the year we will highlight a different decade of our history during each month. From the Roaring ‘20s to the new decades of the 21st century, we have a lot to celebrate! Look for special displays in your libraries that highlight each decade, watch for special “Deschutes by the Decade” programs honoring our history, and be sure to check out our new, limited-edition anniversary library cards. It all culminates with a grand masquerade ball in October, a nod to library’s hugely popular masquerade ball of 1920.

While we reflect on the past century of growth, we have our eyes on a bright future ahead as we create dynamic libraries to serve our population for the next 100 years.

Deschutes by the Decade:

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1920

At the start of the 20th century the western edge of Crook County experienced fits and starts of many a township—Bend and Redmond took root, while Opal City, Deschutes, and others became footnotes.

Go to the 1920s
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1930

Deschutes County entered the 1930s with 14,749 residents. Not surprisingly, The Great Depression slowed growth in the county, and even halted Deschutes Library’s plan for the first permanent Bend Library building.

Go to the 1930s

Deschutes Public Library is grateful for the historical information, photos, and assistance provided by the Deschutes Historical Museum.

Page Last Modified Friday, January 31, 2020


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