About Us

WSCL has been governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors and an Volunteer Staff for over 25 years. WSCL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation supported by individual and corporate donations and foundation and organization grants.

Our Mission & Vision

The WSCL mission is to provide access to a diverse collection of resources serving our community’s educational, cultural, and recreational needs.


Our History: Since 1996

The library began as Lakeside Library in response to the lack of a visiting Bookmobile. The groundwork was laid in Debbie Effertz’s (now Spaulding) coffee shop in Lakeside. On January 26, 1996, the founders and 32 volunteers, opened the library in a space donated by Bill Brass, Sr. at 162 Bills Road. Everything was donated – materials, labor and books. After two years, the library moved to the Eisenlohr Lakeside Business Center, 100 Bierney Creek Road, boasting 200 patrons and 4500 books. The Lakeside Library was renamed West Shore Community Library in 2002 to acknowledge the community support of Lakeside, Somers, Rollins, Dayton, Elmo, Proctor and Big Arm. 

After almost 23 years in the Lakeside Business Center, we moved again, for what we hope is the last time, as we finally have our own home in the newly expanded Volunteer Park. WSCL is forever grateful for the generosity bestowed on the library with the gift of the building at 7191 US Hwy 93 S. This is a dream come true. Widespread support for the gift was voiced by the community at a meeting hosted by the Flathead County Parks Committee on December 2, 2019. Plans were approved, and thanks to so many volunteer hours, our now sizeable collection of nearly 16,000 books and materials was moved and ready for opening day on October 1, 2020.  With a 25+ year history of volunteerism, it is only fitting that WSCL now calls Volunteer Park home!


Our Founders

  • Debbie Spaulding
  • Greg Effertz
  • Cheri Tressel
  • Bill Harris
  • Kaylene Leach
  • Joyce Tranberg
  • Pat Borjesson
  • Tom Sliter
  • Louise Redfield
  • Frank & Shirley Lochridge
  • Sharon & Wayne Finney
  • Ed & Rita Goerlich


Current Board of Directors

  • Dennis King, President
  • Debbie Meiers, VP/Secretary
  • Gale Thornburg, Treasurer
  • Karen Almdale
  • Susan Bagley
  • Jeff Lewis
  • Nancy Pensa
  • Reenie Sliney
  • Sheila Zohrer


Get Involved

WSCL functions as an all-volunteer Library.  Without any paid staff, our volunteer librarians are invaluable.  Volunteers work Monday through Saturday giving their time, talent, and kindness for the benefit of your community.  

Physical Address

7191 US Hwy 93 S
Lakeside, MT 59922
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Mailing Address

​PO Box 1094
Lakeside, MT 59922

Library Hours

Monday : 10am - 4pm
Tues– Sat: 10am -  4pm
Sun : Closed

Contact Us

(406) 844-3917

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