This website is no longer being updated. For current information, please visit the Yale Library Express/Yale Valley Library District web page or the Yale building project web page.

Accessing library services

Citizens who reside in the Yale precinct (northeast of Woodland in Cowlitz County, Washington) are eligible, at no charge, for:

Find out What's Happening at Yale Valley Library Express, Summer/Fall 2018 (PDF) or view the online calendar for the most current events list.

About YVLD

In May 2003, citizens in the Yale precinct successfully voted to form a partial-county, rural library district. Yale Valley Library District contracts with Fort Vancouver Regional Library District for services, which included bookmobile visits until the Clark County bookmobile was retired in June 2012. Weekly, limited library services at Yale Library Express, located at Yale Elementary School, were established in August 2012.

Members meet regularly on the third Thursday at 6 pm, at Yale Elementary School, 11842 Lewis River Roard, Ariel, WA. A complete schedule can be found on the events calendar on this page, and an agenda is posted here prior to each meeting.

2019 YVLD Board Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Agenda for Board Meeting on March 21, 2019 (PDF)

Minutes from meetings of the prior year are available once they have been approved by the board:



2016 Annual Report (PDF)

2015 Annual Report (PDF)

IMAGINE a Community Library in Yale Valley

The Yale Valley Library District (YVLD) has worked since early 2016 on a design for a new library for its communities in Southeastern Cowlitz County. The planned building is a 2000-square-foot library that includes a meeting room as well as computers and seating areas. The budget for the project is $600,000, including construction, furnishings and fixtures, site work, utilities, architect's fees and permits. The money for the project has been saved by YVLD over the past 14 years.

The YVLD project is in cooperation with Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL), which serves as the consultant on the facility and furnishings needs for the library.

Update: July 2018

The new library project at Yale is on the move again with site work being performed in July and August by Halme Excavating. This will prepare the site for water, power, sewer and the future foundation for the building. The YVLD Board has hired Westby & Associates to work with them on finding some private funds through grants and donations to help cover the gap between the estimated construction costs and the library reserves. If all goes well, they hope to start construction on the building next summer. If you would like to contribute to the project, you can donate through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Be sure and ask that your donation goes to the Yale Valley Community Library Fund.

New library coming


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Board Members

The YVLD board is composed of five, five-year positions. Current members are:

Talk to a Board Member or attend a Friends of the Library meeting to learn how you can support library services in your area.