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About the Big Piney Library

Hours & Location

Address
106 S Fish St
P.O. Box 768
Big Piney, WY 83113

Contact Us
Phone: (307) 276-3515
Fax: (307) 276-4515
Email Us

Hours
Monday – Friday | 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday | 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday | Closed

Address
106 S Fish St
P.O. Box 768
Big Piney, WY 83113

Contact Us
Phone: (307) 276-3515
Fax: (307) 276-4515
Email Us

Hours
Monday – Friday | 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday | 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday | Closed

Address
106 S Fish St
P.O. Box 768
Big Piney, WY 83113

Contact Us
Phone: (307) 276-3515
Fax: (307) 276-4515
Email Us

Hours
Monday – Friday | 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday | 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday | Closed

The History of the Big Piney Library

Historical image of the front of the first Big Piney LibraryIn the Fall of 1926, a small group of citizens decided that the Big Piney community needed a library. They worked with Reverand Archibald Best to house and circulate the books out of the Community Congregational Church in the East. Glass doors were built by Oscar Piper to protect the books and the school’s shop teacher, Mr. Anderson, and students built the shelves. The new library opened with 400 total books, nine of which were checked out on the first day. Miss Jesse Bird was hired as the first librarian but this proved to be too expensive, so she was later replaced by volunteers.

In 1957, members of the community decided to revitalize the library. A group from Pinedale implemented a bookkeeping system, records were updated, and new books were added. A librarian was hired again, first June Wassenberg, and then Allen Harper.

In 1958, the library was moved to a small building near the Burney and Company’s Grocery Store. Additional shelves and books continued to be added to the space and improvements were made including gas heating and lighting. The Sublette County Library Board was established by the County Commissioners in the same year. The County Commissioners appointed Reta Carr as a librarian at that time. In this year, there were about 2,800 books and 305 registered borrowers, and an interlibrary loan service was started.

In the Fall of 1926, a small group of citizens decided that the Big Piney community needed a library. They worked with Reverand Archibald Best to house and circulate the books out of the Community Congregational Church in the East. Glass doors were built by Oscar Piper to protect the books and the school’s shop teacher, Mr. Anderson, and students built the shelves. The new library opened with 400 total books, nine of which were checked out on the first day. Miss Jesse Bird was hired as the first librarian but this proved to be too expensive, so she was later replaced by volunteers.

In 1957, members of the community decided to revitalize the library. A group from Pinedale implemented a bookkeeping system, records were updated, and new books were added. A librarian was hired again, first June Wassenberg, and then Allen Harper.

In 1958, the library was moved to a small building near the Burney and Company’s Grocery Store. Additional shelves and books continued to be added to the space and improvements were made including gas heating and lighting. The Sublette County Library Board was established by the County Commissioners in the same year. The County Commissioners appointed Reta Carr as a librarian at that time. In this year, there were about 2,800 books and 305 registered borrowers, and an interlibrary loan service was started.

Historical image of the Big Piney LibraryIn 1963, the library was moved to a larger space in the back of the former bank building, which was used then (and now) as the Town Hall. Within four years, the book collection and number of patrons had doubled, a summer reading program and story hour had been implemented, and open hours had expanded. In addition, an assistant, Beth Bray, was hired, who later went on to serve as the librarian for 23 years starting in 1969.

The library remained in the back part of the Town Hall until 1974 when a new library was built across the street at the old Post Office location (pictured in black).

The new building was designed by Kellog and Kellog Architects and constructed by Superior Lumber Company, the same firm that built the Sublette County Library in Pinedale 1969.

In 1991, an addition was completed and Carrie Anderson was appointed as librarian. During her tenure, she introduced computers, added bar codes to books, and issued new library cards to patrons. All the library’s materials were part of an online card catalog, circulation was recorded electronically, and interlibrary loans could be ordered online.

Debi Morley took over as the newly titled Big Piney Library manager. During her tenure, she oversaw the planning and construction of the current library on Fish Street.

In 1963, the library was moved to a larger space in the back of the former bank building, which was used then (and now) as the Town Hall. Within four years, the book collection and number of registered patrons had doubled, a summer reading program and story hour had been implemented, and open hours had expanded. In addition, an assistant, Beth Bray, was hired, who later served as the librarian for 23 years starting in 1969.

The library remained in the back part of the Town Hall until 1974 until a new library was built across the street at the old Post Office location.

The new building was designed by Kellog and Kellog Architects and constructed by Superior Lumber Company, the same firm that built the Sublette County Library in Pinedale in 1969.

In 1991, an addition was completed and Carrie Anderson was appointed as librarian. During her tenure, she introduced computers, added bar codes to books, and issued new library cards to patrons. All the library’s materials were made part of an online card catalog, circulation was recorded electronically, and interlibrary loans were allowed be ordered online.

Debi Morley took over as the newly titled Big Piney Library manager. During her tenure, she oversaw the planning and construction of the current library on Fish Street.

Tawyna Miller became Library manager in August 2019.

In 2021, the Big Piney Library underwent a major, ten-month renovation of the interior space. During the interim, most library materials, services, and programming continued to be offered in the Big Piney Recreation Center. The new space was unveiled to the public in December 2022.

Historical information is courtesy of the Green River Valley Museum.

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