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In 1954 a young actress named Marilyn Monroe married the baseball player Joe DiMaggio, the segregation of schools was ruled unconstitutional, and children were given the first polio vaccinations; also The Barry-Lawrence Library was formed. The humble roots of our community’s free public library go all the way back to 1926 and just 1000 books in a single room. Back then and still today, the people of our area believe in a place of learning, inspiration, and fellowship.

Over the last sixty years, a lot has changed, and the library continues to evolve to meet the needs of the citizens of Barry and Lawrence counties. Hundreds of Thousands of books, music, and other media are now delivered to library patrons online, and every day hundreds rely on the library computers to send job applications, take correspondence courses or to keep up with distant family members on social media. If you love a “real book” our library also has you covered with one of the largest public collections in the state with Hundreds of Thousands of titles for you to borrow. Each branch of the library is staffed with caring and knowledgeable librarians and has comfortable spaces for children’s story time, educational programs, and reading.

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library is committed to bringing more resources to our community and providing more access to materials and services. We welcome you to discover all the library is doing in our community. Here is a link to the Library’s 2017-2018 Annual Report:

Community support funds everything the library does, thank you.


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