LYNX! Consortium Libraries

About the LYNX! Consortium

Home of South West Idaho's largest Wide Area Network

As of August 2016 our combined database which is housed at Boise Public Library contains:

Boise Public Library installed the first automated circulation system in Idaho in 1975 and was one of the first libraries nationwide to use such a system. The original consortium was formed in the late 1970s with an agreement between Boise Public Library, Nampa Public Library, Caldwell Public Library, and Twin Falls Public Library.  Within months of this formation, these libraries were also on the automated circulation system.

In 1994 the Consortium began looking for a totally integrated online system, and by March 1996 the LYNX! Consortium had completed its migration and was online with its new system.  As the years have passed other libraries have joined including, Meridian Library District in 1997, Eagle Public Library and Garden City Library in 1998, and Hailey Public Library and Ada Community Library in 1999.  Since then Mountain Home Public Library joined in 2006, Boise Public Library added 3 branch sites during 2008 and 2009 and Meridian Library District added a branch site also in 2009.  Emmett Public Library joined in January 2010.

Boise Public Library continues to be the hub for the system providing, system administration and maintenance, wide area and local network consulting, and a web server for the online library catalog.

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Ada Community Library

Ada Community LibraryAda Community Library
10664 W Victory
Boise ID 83709
(208) 362-0181

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed Sunday

For the hours of Hidden Springs, Lake Hazel and Star Branch libraries, please visit our website.


Ada Community Library is committed to providing a broad range of library services including popular reading, listening and viewing materials. The library continues to be on the forefront in innovation to improve library services to patrons by providing electronic books, self-checkout of materials, Friday night programming, and specialized resources for special needs patrons. The library's commitment to young children is evident with pre-school storytimes, art classes, Ada on the Road Mobile Storytime, and Ada Babies.

Boise Public Library

Boise Public LibraryBoise Public Library
715 S Capitol Blvd
Boise ID 83702
(208) 972-8200

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For the hours of our other locations, please visit our website.


Boise Public Library traces its roots to February 18, 1895, when the women of the Columbian Club opened a subscription library and free reading room in City Hall. For 10 years, the Club kept the reading room alive while helping to secure funds from Andrew Carnegie to construct a true public library. Club members persuaded city fathers to provide the matching funds necessary for the administration and maintenance of a Carnegie library. Andrew Carnegie awarded library grants to 1406 communities in the early 1900's with the provision that the communities supply land and on-going maintenance.

Boise's Carnegie Public Library opened its doors at 815 W. Washington on June 22, 1905. The institution remained at that site until April 27, 1973, when it moved to its present location at 715 South Capitol Boulevard. City leaders decided that purchasing and renovating the Salt Lake Hardware building at this site was more cost effective than tearing down and rebuilding on the Carnegie site. Boise Towne Square branch was added in 1989, soon after the mall opened. The Boise Public Library also serves patrons via the Bookmobile, which makes weekly stops at six locations, and through Homebound Service. Two new storefront branch libraries were opened in the spring of 2008.  One is located in the Collister Shopping Center on W State Street and the other is in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at the corner of Orchard and Overland Rd.  The first stand alone branch library began construction in May 2008 and opened its doors in June 2009.  It is located in the Library! Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Cole and Ustick.  The Southeast Boise branch located at Bown Crossing is currently in the planning stages with a possible opening by late 2011.

As technology has evolved, so has the library. Electronic databases and an integrated online system have replaced the traditional card catalog, and patrons can now check out DVDs, compact disks, books on CD, downloadable audio and e-books and video games, as well as traditional print materials. Internet access is also available on each floor of the downtown facility as well as all our branch locations.

Approximately 150 employees and many volunteers work together to provide library services to the community. Each year, more than 75,000 cardholders check out over just under 2 million items. Many access information from the Library's web site (

Boise Public Library is a part of the City of Boise government and is funded through local property taxes. The Board of Trustees sets policy for operations, while the Friends of the Boise Public Library and the Boise Public Library Foundation provide additional financial support.

To learn more about the history of Boise Public Library, check out a "A Light in the Window of Idaho," edited by Kathleen Rubinow Hodges. The book is an extensive account of the first 100 years of public library service in Boise.

Caldwell Public Library

Caldwell Public LibraryCaldwell Public Library
1010 Dearborn
Caldwell ID 83605
(208) 459-3242

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sept - May)


The Caldwell Public Library has a long history in the City of Caldwell as a source of informational and recreational reading. The first library moved about town in a wheelbarrow, but finally found a permanent home in 1914 with the building of a Carnegie library. The current library was built in 1976 and sits on what were the basketball and tennis courts of the original Caldwell High School.

The library's collection has a strong focus on practical how-to materials, including automobile repair, cooking and gardening. The library also maintains a collection of local historical photographs. The local newspaper is available on microfilm. Internet access is available as well as books in Spanish and in large print. A homebound service is provided. Regular programming features toddler and preschool story times, marionette shows, summer reading and two adult oriented programs: Topical Tours and Let's Talk About It.

Eagle Public Library

Eagle Public LibraryEagle Public Library
100 N Stierman
Eagle ID 83616
(208) 939-6814

Monday - Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday


Eagle Public Library was established as a volunteer operation in 1963. The library was housed in various locations. A building was purchased at 67 E. State Street in 1969 by the then Eagle Free Library District Library Board. After 1968 the library was funded by "Fundsy Auction" and the "Treasure Chest." In 1974 the library district was dissolved and the Library Board delivered a Warranty Deed for the library building to the City of Eagle in exchange for the city assuming financial support of the library. At that time the City Hall office was partitioned off in the building. The library was operated by volunteers until 1975 when the first librarian was hired. The Friends of the Library was established in 1981 for the primary purpose of raising funds to support library programs.

In the spring of 1998, the citizens of Eagle approved a bond for a new library to be located at 100 N. Stierman Way. The Eagle Public Library opened March 1999 in the new location to serve a growing community of over 11,000. Patrons may now check out videos, audio cassettes, CD's and DVD's, as well as traditional print materials. There are 32 computers for public use and internet access. Reading areas are available with over 200 periodicals and newspapers. The library provides a public meeting room that seats 100, a large conference room and three small conference rooms. Eagle Public Library offers a variety of programs for children and adults.

Emmett Public Library

Emmett Public LibraryEmmett Public Library
275 Hays Street
Emmett ID 83617
(208) 365-6057

Monday - Friday Noon - 6:00 pm
Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm
Closed Sunday


Garden City Library

Garden City LibraryGarden City Public Library
6015 Glenwood
Garden City, ID 83714
(208) 472-2941

Monday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday -Thursday 9:30am - 8:00pm
Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm


Visit our website for more information.

Hailey Public Library


Hailey Public Library
7 West Croy
Hailey ID 83333
(208) 788-2036

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Sunday


The Hailey Public Library is a department of the City of Hailey, Idaho’s Emergency and Social Services Division. It is located in the historic Hailey Towne Center on the corner of Main and Croy Streets in Hailey, Idaho, the county seat of Blaine County. The Library has been part of the town’s infrastructure and the heart of the community since the 1920’s. The Library serves the community as a place for public discussion, cultural enlightenment, entertainment, and information for all citizens. Hailey Public Library serves not only the residential areas of the City of Hailey, but also the business community, provides education and information which benefits the economic growth of Hailey and improves the quality of life in our area.

Patrons of the Hailey Public Library range from pre-school to elderly. Primarily Library users are adult general readers, pre-school children, and students of all ages. The Library has a materials collection of over 26,000 items, which includes books, books on cassette and CD, video recordings, periodicals, and more than 3000 historic photographic prints from the Martyn Mallory Collection. The Library has ten public computer stations that feature Internet access, learning CD-ROM’s, encyclopedias and word processing. Organized reading programs, cultural activities, and community events are offered for Library users of all ages.

Meridian Library District

Meridian Library DistrictMeridian Library District
1326 W Cherry Lane
Meridian ID 83642
(208) 888-4451

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

For the hours of the Silverstone Branch, please visit our website.


The Meridian Library District encompasses the area from the Boise River south to Lake Hazel and McDermot east to Cloverdale. The mission of the Meridian Library is to provide a comfortable, safe place where all members of the community feel welcome to come to relax, study and learn. Special emphasis is placed on providing current, high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats including books, videocassettes, CD’s, computer databases, and the Internet. Special emphasis is placed on stimulating young children’s interests and appreciation for reading and learning; on supporting students grades K-12; and on supporting lifelong learning for adults. The Meridian Library provides programming for all ages and many different interests.

The main building is located at 1326 W. Cherry Lane, with easy access to nearby schools and residential areas. The Silverstone Branch is located in southeast Meridian, in the Silverstone Business Park.

Mountain Home Public Library

Mountain Home Public LibraryMountain Home Public Library
790 North 10th East
Mountain Home, ID 83647
(208) 587-4716

Monday: 9am-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-7:30pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm


In 1903, Village Trustees appointed the first Board of Directors and a public reading room was created in Mountain Home. By 1907, the circulating collection was such a smashing success the Library Board approached city fathers to obtain a commitment to an ongoing levy. Following approval, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation provided funds to build a permanent facility and on November 19, 1908 the Mountain Home Carnegie Library, equipped with only with a furnace and the book collection, was dedicated.

In 1973, librarian’s left the grand old Carnegie building to setup shop across town at a newly constructed site. (The Carnegie Library became the home of the City’s historical museum.) Over the next thirty year period, space again became a premium and voters went to the polls for yet another time. Mountain Home passed a second bond initiative which doubled the size of the existing building and the library reopened on March 17, 2006.

Mountain Home Public Library continues to expand its collection of general interest items and electronic resources, provides a public computer center and WiFi access, offers bilingual assistance, has a public use conference room, a commons area with a coffee concession, outdoor patio seating, and is host to a variety of adult and children’s events throughout the year.

Nampa Public Library

Nampa Public LibraryNampa Public Library
215 12th Ave S
Nampa ID 83651
(208) 468-5800

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday


Nampa Public Library serves of community of over 80,000 residents, who visit the charming but crowded downtown building in steadily increasing numbers to enjoy library services, materials & computer resources. Built in 1919 by SW Idaho's prominent architects Tourtellotte and Hummel, the library building features a stained glass skylight and highly decorated moldings and high ceilings. The library is open 6 days a week, and maintains current information and database access on its webpage.

Children's materials and services are located near the entry/checkout area, where a neon "Youth Attic" sign can be seen identifying the popular teen area on the balcony. The information desk for youth and adults is on the main floor opposite the checkout desk.. Newspapers, magazines and fiction are located on the first floor on the East side of the building. Videos, DVD's, CDs, audio books, large type books, graphic novels, video games and Spanish language materials are popular collections.

Twin Falls Public Library

Twin Falls Public LibraryTwin Falls Public Library
201 Fourth Avenue East
Twin Falls ID 83301
(208) 733-2964

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Sunday


The Twin Falls Public Library continues to be a strong presence in the City of Twin Falls, since the origins of both early in the 1900s. The Mission of the Library is to provide access to a dynamic public collection of books and other printed, audio visual, and electronic materials selected for the information, education, inspiration, and entertainment needs of the Community we serve. The Library is the largest in the Magic Valley, and directly serves the needs of the more than 35,000 people in Twin Falls with collections in excess of 165,000 items. Noted for its expanded historic building, its large collections for adults and children, its extensive automation services, and the Idaho and Pacific Northwest History Collection, the Library is a guide to the future and the past for all of Twin Falls and the Magic Valley.