Library History

  1. The Beginning: 1922-37
  2. The 6th Street Era: 1938-83
  3. The Computer Age: 1984-Present

The Stillwater Woman's Club

The Stillwater Public Library was founded in 1922 by the Stillwater Woman’s Club, with dues of $1 per year being charged. On January 15, 1923, the Club opened Stillwater’s first public library in the former parsonage of the United Brethren Church paying $20 per month in rent. The Club organized a book drive, sorted and classified books, and served as librarians. On July 1, 1923, the City of Stillwater agreed to assume financial responsibility for the public library by hiring Harriet Woodring for $25 a month to keep the library open 3 hours a day and establishing a Library Board and building fund. Mrs. I.O. Diggs, from the Woman’s Club, was appointed to the newly formed Library Board. Mrs. Pearl Good served as Secretary.

In 1927, the W. T. Keys home, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Husband, was purchased for $10,500 to house the library. On April 27, 1937, Stillwater voters approved the construction of a 12,000-square-foot library at the same location for $60,000. After the community voted by a 3 to 1 margin to fund a new library with the aid of a $22,500 Public Works Administration grant, construction began on a new building located at 206 W. 6th Avenue.

PWA Library Construction