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Our Main Library In Lorain Celebrated Its 55th Anniversary

6/28/2013 -- Main Library

As part of National Library Week, Lorain Public Library System’s Main Library in Lorain celebrated its 55 ½ Anniversary since moving from its 10th Street building to its present Sixth Street location.

Two open houses were held to celebrate the new building’s opening. The first open house for the Lorain community was held on November 23, 1957. Then on April 18, 1958, another open house was held to which dozens of librarians from all over northern Ohio were invited.

We celebrated our 55 ½ Anniversary Celebration at the Main Library Thursday, April 18 at 6:30p.m.

The Main Library is located at 351 W. Sixth Street, Lorain.

The Main Library may be marking its 55th Anniversary but the Lorain Public Library System celebrated its 100th birthday in 2001.

The evening of April 18, the Main Library celebrated this milestone with a brief history program about the Lorain Public Library.

Tours of the Main Library were given and refreshments were provided by Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc. 

Looking Back on the Early Days of the Lorain Public Library System:

The Lorain Public Library Association was incorporated on April 22, 1901, and operated in rented quarters for a period.

In 1902, the Library trustees received a Carnegie Foundation grant providing $30,000 to construct a library building in Lorain. The cornerstone for the new library on 10th Street was laid on August 19, 1903.

But the Carnegie Library building was outgrown in the 1940s. In 1946, Lorain city voters approved a special levy to build the present Main Library building at Sixth Street and Reid Avenue. Construction was completed in 1957, and the move was completed toward the end of that year.

Lorain Public Library System celebrated its 100th birthday in 2001 with the addition of a child-scaled model of the Lorain Lighthouse in the children’s area and a wall mural depicting the city’s Lake Erie shore.

Come to the Main Library to see them for yourself!

In 2001, Lorain Public Library System also created its mascot Browser® and launched the new Bookmobile.

Read more history here and here.