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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
Teen Area









Microfilm Station
Reading Room Study Area



Entrance to Children's Corner

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.




Image Conference Room

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.


Back Office Cataloging Area

Back Office

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.

Employment Opportunites

Click on the position title to view/download the position description.
View/download the Employment Application.

Currently Available Employee Positions

No positions currently being filled.

Employee Composition

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.

District Librarian

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.

Manager of Library Services

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.

Administrative Assistant

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 Assistant

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.

Librarian Assistant - Youth Services

The Youth Services Librarian Assistant reports to the Manager of Library Services and is reponsible for the planning, preparation and conduct of the library's programs for children and teens.


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

Library Location

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

530-257-8115 FAX 

530-257-8113 Literacy programs coordinator

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Our mailing address is:

Lassen Library District
1618 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130-4505

Budget and Financials

 Page last updated on June 26, 2014

Budgeting Schedule

The Lassen Library District fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
The budgetary schedule of events is as follows:

April 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.
May Preliminary budget is submitted to Board of Library Trustees for a first reading.
June Final budget is presented to Board of Library Trustees for approval.
Current fiscal year ends June 30
July New fiscal year begins July 1.
January Mid-year review of the budget is conducted.

The Fiscal Year 2014 - 2015 Budget

At its June 18, 2014 meeting the Board of Library Trustees approved the District's operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. 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 $370 surplus. 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 budget will be reviewed in January 2016.

The following tables and charts depict the composition of the FY 2014 - 2015 Operating Budget.  Click Here (PDF) for the budget document which provides a detailed description of the FY2014-2015 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 financial records for the FY2013-2014 year ending June 30, 2014 can be read here (pdf)

District Appropriation Limits


Library Administration

The Library is a Special District

The Lassen Library District is a special district public library formed pursuant to library sections of the California Education code. The Library District provides a single service, that of a public library, to the residents of the district, Lassen County and its visitors. The boundary of the district is coterminus with that of the City of Susanville.

As a special district the library is independent of other local governments and solely responsible for its policies and funding.

The primary source of funding to finance its operations is a special district tax assessed on residential properties located within the incorporated area of the City of Susanville. 

To learn more about California special districts visit the Women League of Voters Guide to Government Web site.

Library Organization


Board of Library Trustees

As an independent special district, the governance of the district is vested in an elected administrative board of library trustees. The Lassen Library District Board of Library Trustees is comprised of five uncompensated members. The library trustees are responsible for setting the personnel, operations, patron and financial policies and the strategic direction of the library district.

Trustees are elected to four-year terms; three trustees are elected during one election cycle and the other two trustees are elected during the next election cycle. Elections are held in even numbered years during regularly held state and local general elections. These members are elected by voters living within the district’s boundaries (encompassing the city limits of Susanville). Board vacancies can be filled by resolution of the board, but the appointed trustees must seek voter approval at the end of the term for which they were appointed.

The current members of the Board of Library Trustees and their terms of service are:



Trustee Since

Term Expires

 President  Chris Cole  June 2012  December 2016
 Vice President  Darrell MacChamber  September 2013  December 2016
 Secretary  Riki Dimond  November 2009  December 2014


 Amy Owens

 February 2002

 December 2016


 Sherrie Neff

 June 2014

 December 2014

The Board of Library Trustees holds regular, public monthly meetings in the library's conference room at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

Library District Staff

Every member of the library district’s staff is a part-time employee. The staff consists of a library director, manager of library services, administrative assistant, library assistants, catalogers, and literacy program coordinators.

Go to the Employment page for complete descriptions of the responsibilites and duties of each staff position.

Current staff members are:

Library Director 
Ann Trussell

Manager of Library Services

Literacy Programs Coordinator
Vacant.  Program is currently dormant. 

Administrative Assistant
Maria Richards

Librarian Assistants 
Teresa Phillips
Maria Richards
Mary Cox
Josie Barnes

Teresa Phillips
Maria Richards
Mary Cox
Josie Barnes

Friends of the Library

The Lassen Library Friends of the Library is a group of citizens who provide support to the library by donating time and materials for the library and its programs.

The group has a four-tier membership structure with annual membership fees. One hundred percent of money collected goes to the Lassen Library for the purchase of books, magazine subscriptions, to fund special equipment purchases, provide matching funds for grant applications, fund special projects and buy plants and provide upkeep for the garden boxes in front of the library.

The Friends of the Library meet the second Thursday quarterly at 4 p.m. at the library. The public is invited to attend and are invited to join the Friends of the Library. An application form can be obtained at the library.

Membership levels and annual dues are:

Regular Member.............$10
Family Member ..............$25
Benefactor Member.......$100
Foundation Member ..... $500