Butte Valley Library

800 West Third Street
Dorris, CA 96023


About Us

In November of 2006 a grand opening for the new Butte Valley Library was held. The lovely and light 3,300 square foot structure has a meeting room, 10 computer stations, new furnishings, a Microfiche reader, a children's area and triple the collection that was possible in the old building. Several original photographs and art works have been donated to the library including lovely hand carvings of wildlife done by the late local resident, Richard Orson. The new Library is the product of many years of work by the Butte Valley Friends of the Library and former County Librarian, Pat Harper, as well as generous donations and support from members of the community.

The city of Dorris was among the first Siskiyou County Branch Libraries established in 1916-17. The library was housed in various homes or stores until it was moved to the record room of the city hall. The room proved too small so the library was again moved to an old fire station in 1950. In 1964, the Lions Club in Dorris spearheaded a project to construct a building in the city park for the little 400 square foot Dorris library. That building served the community from 1964 through 2006. Now established in the new building, located on West Third Street near the schools, Dorris Library was renamed Butte Valley Branch Library to reflect the large area it serves.

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