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Library History

Read about the establishment of the library, and how its importance to the community has evolved.

Le Mars Public Library History

First Carnegie Library in Le Mars

The original Le Mars Public Library was built in 1903 with funds from industrialist-financier Andrew Carnegie. The building was dedicated in 1904 and housed 3,885 books. 

Taken from the National Register of Historic Places data sheet


Purple Violet Spring Front

The library remained in the Carnegie building until August 1976. Le Mars Public Library is now located in a remodeled Red Owl supermarket purchased by the city in July 1973.       


 Totem Pole 2

           In 1986 the "Le Mars Totem Pole" was dedicated to the library by the Le Mars Woodcarvers Association. The totem pole represents the "best of Le Mars" and includes the mascots of the two schools, an Iowa corn stalk, a farmer and a white steeple church.