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The Meridian Public Library first opened its doors on Saturday, March 29, 1913 in a brand new library made possible by a dedicated group of citizens, Mr. I. Marks, and a Carnegie Foundation grant of $30,000. This impressive structure; now used by the Meridian Museum of Art; served its patrons well until 1964 when then Mayor Henry Burns, the city council and the Meridian Chamber of Commerce came together to spearhead an effort to build a new library. This beautiful new facility was completed and opened to much fanfare on Monday November 13, 1967. In a book she compiled about Meridian’s library history, Miss Jeanne Broach described how activity at the new library resembled a street fair. Since that time, the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library has served the residents of Lauderdale County from that 1967 location, for the past decade over 200,000 visitors annually. The library will be undergoing a facility “facelift” as it prepares for its 100th birthday in 2013. We encourage everyone to visit and see how the library has evolved. Reference books to the internet, hard back books to e-books, vinyl records to digital on-line recordings, reel-to-reel movies to blue-ray. What changes will be seen in the future Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library? When and where will a new public library be built? Who will be that dedicated group of citizens that steps forward and works tirelessly for a new library like those who stepped forward in support of that first Meridian Public Library? Will it be you? Help chart the course of the library for the next 100 years by visiting your Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library today.

 



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Last updated 07/23/2014.