The building that presently houses the Priest Lake Public Library was originally constructed as a one-room schoolhouse known as Lamb Creek School. The school served the educational needs of Priest Lake children for a quarter of a century and remains as a testament to the lake's pioneering heritage.
Lamb Creek School was built in 1934 and is one of the last log school houses still standing. It was funded by the WPA and the $60 budget was used to purchase the logs for the building. The entire construction project, to include cutting, transporting and peeling the logs was accomplished by local residents. The school opened its doors on September 9, 1935 and operated continuously until June 1961.
In a 1974 dedication ceremony, Lamb Creek School was reopened as Priest Lake Library, a volunteer library "to assist in the education of our children and provide enjoyment for the community and its visitors". That status continued until 1999 when local residents voted to place the library within the Bonner county public library system. At that time, the library was redesignated as the Priest Lake Public Library.
Today the library houses over 10,000 volumes of books, movies, audio books and other resources that includes a large selection of regional information and an historical collection of Nell Shipman videos and scripts. In 2011 the library received a BTOP grant for the purchase of seven new patron computers. The library has 24/7 wi-fi available for public use. The library also has a large collection of downloadable e-books through Overdrive so if you have a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone or MP3 player you can download directly to your device. The library has a copy machine and fax machine available for public use as well. The library hosts a number of programs throughout the year and during summer there will be activities happening at the library for children of all ages to enjoy. There is a picnic table and some seating available outside the library as well for your enjoyment. Book donations are gratefully accepted.
You are invited to take the opportunity to visit the library, chat with the friendly staff and marvel at early log cabin construction techniques which reinforce the old adage that "they don't build them like that anymore".
The Priest Lake Library is located at 28769 State Highway 57 (Past Mile Post 28) just north of the turn-off to Luby Bay. The building was placed on the National Historic Register in 1999.
Library Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Priest Lake Public Library to provide, within financial constraints, a totality of library and information services to the patrons of Bonner County, Precincts 20 and 28, to support lifelong learning and intellectual pursuits and enhance a quality of life.