Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Basin City Branch serves the community with free borrowing, Wi-Fi, public computers, and curbside pickup. Customers can reserve books and materials from the entire Mid-Columbia Libraries collection for next-business-day delivery as well as access thousands of downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines at midcolumbialibraries.org.
The Basin City library began serving the public on Aug. 28, 1990. Community icon Henry Barnett built the library building from scratch. The town of Basin City was laid out in the 1950's on land owned by dry-land farmer Loen Bailie. The town was established to support the local agricultural community, made up primarily of young farmers from Idaho and southwestern Oregon as well as World War II veterans, which was opened to irrigation through the Columbia Basin Project.