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The Alpine County Library System at a glance

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        Main Library                    Bear Valley Branch               Bookmobile              County Archives

Integral Library Organizations

The Friends of the Library 
The goal of the Friends is to enhance standard library operations with funding that supports a wide variety of special programs, projects, and events for libraries in Markleeville and Bear Valley. Money is raised through annual membership drives, donations and fundraisers such as selling Death Ride coffee mugs and is used to purchase shelving, furniture and to fund programs such as Imagination Library. The Friends host several free community events including the ever popular Music in the Park series, murder mystery plays, author visits, monthly book clubs and and movie nights.

The Historical Records Commission 
The goal of this Commission is to preserve the integrity of Alpine County documents and records for future generations. Members of the commission include the County Clerk/Records Manager, County Librarian/Archivist, Library Assistant, Museum Curator, a public representative and a Board of Supervisors representative.

The Library Commission 
The Library Commission was established to advise the County Board of Supervisors on matters relating to the County Library System. They meet monthly with the County Librarian to discuss future goals and challenges of the Markleeville and Bear Valley Libraries.

The Alphabet Soup

Everyone needs a little soup to stay healthy! The Alpine County Library benefits from relationships with the following organizations: 

  • NLS - The Alpine County Library is a member of the NorthNet Library System. Membership in this consortium gives our library patrons free access to databases such as Library To Go, Chilton's Online, and Gale Reference. NorthNet also administers the Book Club in a Box and InterLibrary loans.
  • CLA - Membership in CLA (California Library Association) is mandated for all CA County Librarians. This provides robust networking resources and positions libraries for a variety of educational and grant opportunities.
  • CSL - California State Library is an abundant  resource for all CA Libraries and residents. For example, the BTBL (Braille and Talking Book Library) is a free service for visually impaired residents and is fully funded by the State Library.  Likewise, the State Library offers several grant opportunities such as the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Pitch an Idea Grant, for which Alpine was awarded $18,500 to create a digital learning center in the Markleeville Library. Currently, the State Library is using an LSTA grant to fund the  Zip Books program, a very successful "pilot program" in which Alpine County has participated since 2013.


Please explore our pages for more information on Library services and programs. 

Markleeville - Main Library, Bookmobile & Archives
P.O. Box 187
270 Laramie St.
Markleeville, CA 96120
Ph: 530-694-2120
Fx: 530-694-2408

Rita Lovell 
County Librarian/Archivist

Chris Seal
Library Assistant II

Library Assistant I


Bear Valley - Branch Library
P.O. Box 5237
367 Creekside Drive
Bear Valley, CA 95223
Ph: 209-753-6219
Fx: 209-753-2219

Thea Schoettgen 
Library Assistant III