The John Trigg Ester Library

Welcome to the John Trigg Ester Library, a community membership library in Ester, Alaska. Since its founding in 1999, the library has grown from a collection of Dumpster-dived books and a donated couch into a two-location facility with a children’s library and plans for a soon-to-be super-efficient, passive solar building that burns no fossil fuels (the design is complete but we are still fundraising!)

Coming Up in September: the LiBerry Music Festival and Berry Pie Throwdown!
Contact Jasmine Stokes, JTEL Events Coordinator, for more information or to volunteer.

Services and events

  • Internet: community members are welcome to use the JTEL’s internet connection. Contact info at for login info and for access to the Clausen Cabin.
  • Books, audiobooks, and movies: community members are free to use library items on the premises, but to check out items, you must become a member of the library. Forms are available in the JTEL along with informational brochures; membership is $10 per person.
  • Seed library and GEB program: seed exchanges and an agrobiodiversity program are another feature of our library. We hold events in the spring and fall.
  • Lecture series: the library holds a fall and spring lecture series on various topics.
  • Community events: the library holds several fun community events that double as library fundraisers.

Annual Community Events

The library is an active participant in the Ester community, from Clean-Up Day to Winter Solstice, and hosts its own events, including Seedstock, the Tape & Tarp Ball, the LiBerry Music FestivalReaders on the Run, the Annual Membership Meeting, and more. Come join the fun and catch the bookworms at the library!


Mission Statement:

The John Trigg Ester Library is a home-grown community library that provides a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment where local residents can meet and share ideas and information. The library strives to instill a love of reading and learning, to showcase Ester-area history and culture, and to provide resources that enrich the whole community.