The Yavapai Library Network is a consortium that provides a multitude of services to its member libraries and their patrons.
- Transit of items to and from member libraries across the county.
- A shared catalog that all member libraries and patrons can use to access over a million items, even in the smallest and most remote libraries.
- Professional support and training for library staff in K-12 schools, academic libraries and public libraries.
- Funding support for member libraries.
- Shared cost of materials like library cards and other industry-specific supplies.
- Purchasing assistance for member libraries.
- Marketing support for member libraries.
The Yavapai Library Network was first established in 1985 as a partnership between the Yavapai College Library and the Prescott Public Library. Since then, the Yavapai Library Network has expanded to over 50 multitype libraries, including K-12, academic, public, private, and special libraries. The YLN is also home to eight special collections.
The Yavapai Library Network leverages the power of interlibrary relationships and cooperation to provide unprecedented service and savings to the library patrons and taxpayers of Yavapai County.
A 2021 study detailed the effectiveness of the YLN. BERK and Associates of Seattle, WA, concluded that for every $1 of taxpayer funds, YLN libraries provide $6.43 in services.
See the study here: