The Stevens County Rural Library District was formed in 1996 after being voted into existence by the citizens of Stevens County. The cities of Northport, Marcus, Chewelah, and Springdale have annexed into the Library District, and the cities of Kettle Falls and Colville contract with the Library District to form one cohesive county-wide library system: Libraries of Stevens County.
There is no State or Federal funding for public libraries in Washington State. Approximately 90% of funding for the Library District comes from property taxes inside Stevens County at the current rate of about 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation (i.e., a home owner with a house valued at $200,000 pays $78 per year for the library.) The other sources of revenue for the library include: timber tax, grants, and donations.