Aurora Public Library History
|Aurora's first library
In 1925, as the town of Aurora grew, an energetic and innovative group, the Aurora Women's Club, was organized. For four years, the club focused its determined efforts on establishing a public library in Aurora, holding card parties, teas and bake sales, selling stationery, and giving plays. With $171 in hand, they opened a library at 1516 Dallas St. on Feb. 10, 1929. It was dedicated the following October, with the City Council unanimously accepting the library, with all books and equipment. (Photo: Courtesy of the Aurora History Museum)
Today, five library branches, four computer centers, and one Smart Locker serve Aurora's more than 330,000 residents, providing access not only to hard-copy books and periodicals, but the Internet, online databases, job resources, homework assistance, DVDs, CDs, plus online books and media.
The Library Board is a chartered board of seven appointed members empowered to advise the City Council, the City Manager, and the Director of Library & Cultural Services on matters relating to the Aurora Public Library, including the administration of gifts and trusts.
2016 through 2020
The Five Year Strategic Plan was compiled from many sources that help maintain and improve the delivery of quality resources, services and facilities. It includes the library's mission, values, strategic plans, goals and challenges.
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