The area in Northeastern Utah known as the Uintah Basin was homesteaded in 1908. By the year 1915 a group of farsighted citizens decided it was time for the new community of Roosevelt to have a library. Since that time the Roosevelt Library has grown and Duchesne County Library, UT expanded to meet the needs of Duchesne County residents. In August of 2007 the Duchesne Library was opened and became the second branch in this library system. The Duchesne Library now serves as the headquarters of the library system and serves library patrons in Eastern Duchesne County.
In addition to providing recreational reading to the public the Duchesne County Library System also provides supplemental research material to students of two institutions of higher learning. Utah State University – Uintah Basin now offers 2 associate degrees, 23 bachelor degrees, 12 master degrees, and 1 doctorate degree. USU-UB has 1,100 students enrolled each semester. The second Institution of higher learning is the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC). UBATC offers classes in a variety of subjects including: truck driving, nursing, business, and building trades.
Duchesne County is still primarily an agriculture community. Aside from the rich agriculture heritage Duchesne County is home to a large oil and gas industry. These industries along with a variety of medical jobs make for a very diversified clientele for this growing library system.
Presently the Duchesne County Library System houses approximately 65,000 items in its two member libraries. These libraries checked out approximately 235,000 items in the year 2010. For more information on the Duchesne County Library System check out their web page at duchesne.utah.gov.