The Lassen Library District is located in a single story, 11,100 square foot building in the heart of Susanville, California. The library has a collection of more than 43,000 items.
Main Reading Room
Public Access Computer Area
The Main Reading Room is the central area of the library. It contains all of the library’s collections, the public access computing area, magazine and newspaper reading area, microfilm reading/printing station, the new Teen Area and the Circulation Desk. Four study carrels and two worktables are provided for patron use.
Magazine Reading Area
Reading Room Study Area
Entrance to Children's Corner
The Children’s Corner is a separate, 1,920 square foot room specially designed with young children in mind. It contains size appropriate furniture for our young patrons and a collection of more than 11,000 age-appropriate books and materials. Pre-school and after-school reading programs are held in the Children’s Corner and three computers are provided to run age-appropriate educational and recreational applications.
A 600 square foot conference room is located off the main lobby area. The conference room is rated for an occupancy of 20-25 people and is furnished with up to five conference tables and chairs, depending on configuration. The conference room has Internet access, either wired or wireless, and has a telephone connection. Audio/visual capabilities include a projection screen and VHS tape/DVD players that can be connected to a TV or projector.
The conference room is available for rental by the general public. Download the Reservation Form or contact the Library Circulation Desk to obtain one.
The Literacy Suite is located off the main lobby across from the conference room. The suite contains the Literacy Coordinator’s office and a small learning center in which literacy students receive individualized training and education via a variety of learning media.
Back Office Cataloging Area
The Back Office area is an "employees only" area in which are located the offices of the Library Director/Manager of Library Services and the Administrative Assistant. Also located here is the book processing area in which the library's catalogers receive, research, prepare, repair and catalogue the books and materials that will be placed into the library's collection. A staff break room and the library's telecommunications and computer room round out the Back Office area.
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Currently Available Employee Positions
No positions currently being filled.
Every member of the library district’s staff is a part-time employee. There currently are 9 employees on the staff.The staff consists of a library director, manager of library services, administrative assistant, librarian assistants, catalogers, and literacy program coordinators.
By state of California law, every library must have a certificated librarian on the staff. The Library Director of the Lassen Library District is a shared position with a librarian at another library. Currently, this person is also the librarian of High Desert State Prison.The Library Director reports directly to the Board of Library Trustees and is responsible for relations with the California State Library, long range planning, advising on District policies and identifying/acquiring funding. The Library Director is a management position at the library.
This position reports to the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustees and has overall responsibility for library operations, including library employee supervision, materials acquisition and public relations. The Manager of Library Services is a management position at the library.
This position reports to the Library Director and the Manager of Library Services and is responsible for bookkeeping, administrative and facilities support of the district. The Administrative Assistant is a management position at the library.
Librarian assistants report to the Manager of Library Services and are responsible for the daily operation of the library. They man the circulation desk, assist patrons in their use of library services and products and maintain the physical appearance of the library. They also perform various administrative and programming support tasks as may be assigned.
Catalogers report to the Manager of Library Services and are responsible for preparing and entering newly received materials into the library’s online catalog system and removing materials that are to be disposed of.
Library Location, Contact Information and Hours of Operation
The library is located at 1618 Main Street
Susanville, Lassen County, California
Next to the Susanville Grocery Outlet.
Hours of Operation
11:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 3:00pm
How to contact us:
530-251-8127 Circulation Desk
530-257-8113 Library Manager, business office, cataloging personnel
Lassen Library District
1618 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130-4505
Budget and Financials
Page last updated on July 30, 2012
The Lassen Library District fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
The budgetary schedule of events is as follows:
The long range plan is reviewed and revised as necessary.
Current year accomplishments are compared to those planned and uncompleted goals are continued to the next year.
Preliminary budget is developed.
Preliminary budget is submitted to Board of Library Trustees for a first reading.
Final budget is presented to Board of Library Trustees for approval.
Current fiscal year ends June 30
New fiscal year begins July 1.
Mid-year review of the budget is conducted.
The Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 Budget
At its June 19, 2013 meeting the Board of Library Trustees approved the District's operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The approved budget continues to reflect significant cuts to public libraries by the California state budget. The Board maintained the current weekly hours of operation at 22. The budget shows a $5,960 deficit primarily because the board agreed that staff computer technology needed to be upgraded this year. Funds from the District's Reserve Fund will be used to cover the staff computer upgrade costs. As is the practice with all initial budgets this budget assumes worst case situations for utilities, payroll and other expenses which are dependent on the weather and economic factors beyond our control.
The following tables and charts depict the composition of the FY 2013 - 2014 Operating Budget. Click here (PDF) for the budget document which provides a detailed description of the FY2013-14 Budget.
Long Term Budgetary Trend
The following chart depicts the actual audited income and expense figures at the end of each fiscal year since the District commenced operations in 1995 plus the planned budgeted income and expense figures for the current fiscal year. With the exception of the early years when funds were available to acquire, remodel and outfit the library's new building, the District has experienced declining income levels, and associated declining levels of expenditures. The trend for the last ten years has been essentially flat, although the 2012 and 2013 budgets show the effects of the fiscal distress the state of California and the Library District are under.
Anuual Audit of Financial Condition
The final audit of the District's FY2011-2012 financial records can be read here (pdf)