YRL is a cooperative library system founded in 1971 to provide quality library service to both urban and rural residents through the sharing of material, resources and expertise.

The YRL Board of Trustees (appointed by each participating jurisdiction) frames policy, develops goals and objectives, sets priorities, and employs qualified staff to administer the library.

YRL is serving 303,834 people in 54 municipalities and 9,785 full-time equivalent students in three school divisions as of January 1, 2023.