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Greene County Room Digital Collections

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On August 20, 1878, the Young Woman’s Library Association was founded in Xenia, Ohio. It occupied a room at the YMCA on Greene Street. In 1881, the organization was incorporated as the Xenia Library Association. Clara Martin was hired as the first librarian in 1885 with a salary of $6.25 a month. On September 1, 1899, the library became a free public library when it became operated by the Xenia Board of Education. With the funding of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library [Xenia, Ohio] opened in 1906.

 

In 1913, the Xenia Board of Education could no longer support the library. The Greene County Commissioners began funding the library and as a result, the library became a county institution. In 1926, the citizens of Greene County voted to create the Greene County District Library to service the entire county. The vote passed in all townships except Cedarville and Sugarcreek.

 

Locations of the Greene County District Library (GCDL) included:

  • Beavercreek: founded 1959
  • Bookmobile: founded 1928
  • Bowersville: founded 1913, joined GCDL 1926, closed 1981
  • Cedarville: founded 1908, joined GCDL 1937
  • Fairborn (originally Osborn): founded 1929
  • Greene County Room: founded 1971
  • Jamestown: founded 1928
  • Spring Valley: founded 1975, left GCDL 1988
  • Winters-Bellbrook: founded 1881, joined GCDL 1945
  • Xenia: founded 1878, joined GCDL 1926
  • Yellow Springs: founded 1899, joined GCDL 1926

In 1991, the Greene County District Library was renamed the Greene County Public Library.

 
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