A Note From the Director: Benefits of Your Regional Library System – Daniel Boone Regional Library

A Note From the Director: Benefits of Your Regional Library System

Margaret ConroyThis October, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL). This anniversary marked the start of the regional contract between library districts in Mid-Missouri to provide library services to their residents. Currently, DBRL is made up of two tax-supported library districts: the Callaway County Library District and the Columbia and Boone County Library District (covering all of Boone County except Centralia, which has its own library district).

The regional system concept allows libraries to work together under a formal, legal contract as a single entity. When you hear or read “Daniel Boone Regional Library,” you know that we are operating on behalf of all of our members. Each library branch has a name that identifies the location, but they are all overseen by DBRL administration.

How does a regional library work? Each separate library district collects property tax from residents that is used to cover shared resources such as books, DVDs, music CDs, educational kits, streaming services, online classes and more. We also achieve efficiencies in purchasing, staffing and service delivery. Some staff rotate between facilities sharing their expertise throughout the region. We can better afford to bring in performers when they visit multiple library locations. Supplies can be purchased in bulk with discounted pricing.

A regional library keeps costs down so that we can maximize your investment in library services. Working together, we can do more for you!