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Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

The Spillville Public Library was founded in 1980 by residents who realized that the people of Spillville area, especially students, were at a definite disadvantage due to lack of library services. The library was started with borrowed furniture, donated books and a volunteer staff. The city provided a room in the old public school. A librarian was hired in October of that year. The fledgling library flourished.

In 1985, the Library Board began plans and fund-raising for a new library/ community center. The library moved into a new building in November 1986 that was debt free. As usage grew, the Library Board realized that additional space would be required to meet the needs of the community. They placed an addition into their ten year plan. Fund raising and grant writing ensued. Construction began May 2002 to double the size of the library. On December 1, 2002 the library reopened its doors to a completely remodeled, enlarged library with two additional meeting rooms.

The library provides all the usual library services with special emphasis on children's programming: storyhour for preschoolers, summer reading activities and library services for St. Wenceslaus attendance center students. The Library sponsors various adult education programs throughout the year and hosts mealsite/programs for Senior Citizens. Over 20 local service groups use our meeting rooms. The South Winneshiek First Responders use the library as their base of operation in the Spillville area. Free high speed internet access from Mediacom is provided for the community in house. Computer instruction is offered at the library on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3 PM.

April 17, 2005, the Spillville Public Library celebrated it 25th year of service to the community. It used the occasion to dedicate the platform/lift to the basement. Because the lower level is now handicap accessible, there are plans to develop a new, large meeting room there.