Director’s Message

Message from the Director


Welcome to the Haines Library!  We’re glad you’re here!

Since 1927, the Haines Borough Public Library has been a vital community resource for all those who pass through our doors. It has always been our mission that each person who enters the library leaves revitalized and refreshed, with the material he or she desires and a renewed energy that only a moment in the Library can bring.

We here in Haines have a great sense of pride in our past accomplishments and our current community, and we at the Library empower the future of our community by providing all of our patrons access to knowledge, enrichment, and services that change lives. Our community has historically been committed to providing our residents with all the advantages that a public library offers. Free computers with Internet access and free wireless service make it easy for all to tap into the broader world. A collection of over 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books provide information and enriching content to our remote community.  We continue to provide our physical materials, story hours, summer reading programs, and book discussion groups – in-person as conditions allow, and online as well – while always keeping the human element primary. Our library is a popular place to come for a quiet moment, and we provide comfortable reading and gathering spaces, designed to offer views of our beautiful mountains.  We are here for the people of Haines to enjoy.

The Haines Borough Public Library encourages the strength of cultural and community unity in the form of programs that allow us to explore both our Native traditions and a world outside of our own. Meet and talk to a best-selling author or enjoy a performance of music, dance, or poetry. For those of you who are parents, our library offers free events for kids after school and over the summer holiday. We offer Story Time for all our little non-readers which include stories and songs.  Older kids can enjoy after-school programs that include crafts, nature walks, games or other fun activities.  Our summer reading program will help your whole family to get into the spirit of reading and our library.  We offer many programs during the summer – and the opportunity to read for prizes! 

I am honored to be Director in a community that values and loves its library and its library staff.  The feeling is mutual.  When infectious laughter peals from the Children’s Room during Story Time, or when patrons come to say goodbye as they leave for warmer places in the winter, or when someone wants to volunteer just because they love the library, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my community and the people who live here.  We here at the Library love this community.  We are grateful that love is returned to us in so many ways.

A library has books and movies and music and activities and more, but a library is really about the people.  It is the people who work here and use the library and just hang out in our warm and welcoming environment who make it special.  I would like to welcome you to your library, Haines’ Second Living Room.  We’re glad you’re here.


Carolyn Goolsby