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Tahoe City Library

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  1. Drinking Fountain
  2. Fireplace
  3. Internet Workstations
  4. Parking
  5. Photocopier
  6. Restrooms
  7. WiFi


Computers & Technology

  • WiFi through the building, outdoor space, and parking lot
  • 4 Internet & Microsoft Office workstations
  • 1 self-checkout machine
  • 1 photocopier & 1 printer
  • Wireless printing available onsite

Spaces & Equipment

  • Offers access to the Tahoe Collection
  • Gas fireplace
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale area
  • Bike rack
  • Exterior book drop for 24/7 returns


  • Accepts cash or personal check to pay fines and fees.
  • Designated library parking spaces in front of the library entrance and 2 ADA parking spaces open to anyone.

Public Transportation Routes

Library visitors can take advantage of Transit for the Tahoe Area (TART) bus or TART Connect which offers service around the North and West shores of Tahoe, including to Kings Beach and Tahoe City Library locations.

Bike Route Trip Planner: use the interactive map to discover dedicated bike routes around Tahoe.

Amtrak and Greyhound provide connections to Lake Tahoe from surrounding areas of California and Nevada, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Sparks, and Reno. These services run between the Bay Area and Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe once per day.

About the Tahoe City Library

The Tahoe City Library exists on the lower level of one of the buildings in the Boatworks shopping complex which is on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The library’s woodsy interior features a gas fireplace and several study and workspaces, as well as a separate remodeled children’s area with views of Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe City Library and the Kings Beach Library share the unique Tahoe Collection, which highlights the history and terrain of the Lake Tahoe area. 

Librarian:  Anne Greenwood
Library Specialist:  Bree Johns

History of the Tahoe City Library

Anne Anderson started the Tahoe City Library in the mid-1930s by borrowing books from the Placer County Library and friends in Tahoe City. Working as a volunteer, she circulated these books among Tahoe City residents. 

The first Tahoe City Branch Library was housed in the Tahoe Community Center which was dedicated in June 1938. Construction for a new library, which was designed and built by Norman Mayfield, began in June 1951. 

The Julia Bechdolt Memorial Library was dedicated on June 29, 1952. On December 15, 1973, O.V. Vernon presented $15,000.00 to Placer County to be used for a new branch library if construction began within one year: the site for this new branch library was an existing storefront within the Boatworks shopping complex located at 740 North Lake Boulevard. Construction by the Moana Corporation began in May 1975. The new location was dedicated on April 6, 1976.  

For more information related to the history of Tahoe City, visit the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.