100 years at the Columbia Public Library

On April 4, 2022, the Columbia Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Take a look at how the library got started, who got it started and kept it going and other milestones along the way with this timeline.

The Columbia Public Library has been at several locations in its 100 years. Here is a list of its locations by date:

Aug. 23-1919-1938 — Named the Columbia Free Library, it is housed in the Guitar Building at 806 Walnut St.

Jan. 31-1933 — The new Municipal Building at 600 E. Broadway

1938 — The Old Post Office also known then as the Anna Hawkins Gentry Building at 1 S. Seventh St.

Jan. 4, 1971 — Garth and Broadway

July 2000 – Sept. 2002 — The library moves to a location on Park de Ville while a new building is built on the Garth and Broadway site.

Sept. 2002 — The Columbia Public Library reopens on Garth and Broadway.

March 17, 2020-June 3, 2020 — The library closes due to the COVID pandemic.

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