Monday, August 13, 2018

The Brumback Library

Nestled in the heart of Van Wert, Ohio, amid antique stores and vintages shops is The Brumback Library. It's is the first County Library formed in the United States. The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Romanesque. The library has turreted towers and a Ludowici tile roof and is the perfect place to find your next best read. 

As the first county library in the United States, the Main Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It's recognized as a historic site by the State, Ohio’s Historical Society, and Ohio’s Bicentennial Commision.

The Library has an active children's section and maintains a delivery service to residents of area nursing homes and those patrons who are homebound. It also offers branch services and twice a year they have a great book sale.

The Brumback Library was built with funds bequeathed to Van Wert County residents by John Sanford Brumback. 

The cornerstone of the building was laid in 1899. The building was dedicated on January 1, 1901. Since then, two renovations have occurred. In 1917, the basement was remodeled to house the Children’s Department. In 1991, a new addition of 10,500 square feet was added, along with a complete renovation of the existing building.

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