Reference Library & Research Room

Here to help you save time and find quality information.

The Research Room at the Community Library is a vibrant space that will help you with your research needs. Come check it out!  There is a full-time, professional reference librarian available to help you find information on a wide variety of topics or to offer guidance.

Our Research Room provides:

  • FREE access to our Travel Collection in our Departure Lounge
  • FREE Language Learning Material
  • FREE use of 20 public Internet Computers
  • In-house use of iPads,
  • A Business Workstation and Printer
  • An Assistive Technology Workstation for People with Special Needs.

Popular Library Databases

The Community Library is proud to offer our library card holders complimentary access to these services.

Consumer Reports

Unbiased product ratings and reviews.


Valued stock and industry analysis.

Easy-to-use technology training videos


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Looking for a good book?
Let us recommend one to you. Simply submit the contact form below and be sure to include:

  • Your favorite titles and authors
  • Titles and authors you have not enjoyed
  • Any additional thoughts that will help us find your next good read.
  • Favorite Nonfiction Interests
  • Favorite Fiction Genres

Meet our Reference Librarian

Buffy McDonald

Reference Librarian

Buffy McDonald graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Arts degree in Information Resources and Library Science and has been a reference librarian at the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho for eight years. She loves being a librarian and helping people with their information needs. She is a lifelong learner and hopes to have a long career as a librarian.

Favorite book: Walden, or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Ask Buffy a Question

Please ask a question of any kind – anything from “How do I begin a research project?” to “How do I plan my trip?”. Please refer to our “Ask A Librarian Intake Form” available on this page to assist you with your request.

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