Smithville Public Library

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Who We Are & How We Came To Be

Library statistics and our history

How the Smithville Public Library Came to Be

Do you know how the Smithville Public Library got its start? How long has it been providing materials and services to our community?

In 1929, the members of the Smithville Woman’s Club proposed to establish a public library. J.G. Trousdale, husband of one of the members, offered a room on the second floor of a building he owned on Main Street to house the library. After gifts and donations from members of the community came in to the Woman’s Club, the library opened its doors to the public in January, 1931 with a collection of 500 books.

The Woman’s Club nursed the library during the worst of the depression years. In order to be eligible for WPA funds from the New Deal of the Federal Government, the Woman’s Club gave temporary ownership of the library to the City, and moved to City Hall. The library proceeded to outgrow its quarters, so the Woman’s Club requested that the library be moved to half of the City Utilities Building.

During the time of World War II, the books were moved to another building on Main Street, where a USO was quartered for use by the soldiers of Camp Swift. At this time, the library’s collection of books totaled 1,335. After the war, the library was moved back to the Utilities Building.

In 1960, the Woman’s Club relinquished its control of the library to the City of Smithville; however, they still vowed to provide support. Throughout the early-mid 1960’s, memorial and gift donations came into the library under the Smithville Public Library Expansion Fund. It wasn’t until 1966 that the City of Smithville accepted full responsibility for the library, forming a City Council-appointed library Advisory Board and pursuing additional funding for expansion.

In late 1970, ground was broken for a new building at 6th and Main which was dedicated in August 1971. By 1989 an expansion was completed, with the second enlargement of the library completed in 1998. It is this building which currently allows the library to tailor services to meet the needs of the Smithville community. Ongoing improvements in the technological resources, public services, and in the library book collection help keep the Smithville Public Library an asset belonging to the community.

TODAY

The Smithville Public Library is located at 507 Main St, Smithville, TX 78957. The Smithville Public Library provides free services to all residents living within the Bastrop county boundaries with services available to all others according to Library Director discretion.

The library system holds over 48,500 materials including over 43,000 books, and 3,000 CDs, video tapes, DVDs, and audiobooks.

In total, over 50 thousand items were checked out of the system during fiscal year 2007-2008! In addition to these items, thousands of people entered the library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet through the Library’s fiber-optic connection, enjoy state-of-the-art WiFi service, participate in computer and Internet training, view a Library exhibit, or attend one of the Library’s many events.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you.

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Location and Hours

SMITHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

507 Main St.

Smithville, TX 78957  |  MAP

512-237-3282 ext 2401

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HOURS

Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-7pm

Friday: 10 am-5 pm

Saturday: 9 am-1pm

Sunday: Closed