The Winfield Public Library History
In the summer of 1972 the library moved into two temporary buildings at 0S164 Winfield Road, rented from Winfield School District 34. In 1978 the Library Association gave the Board of Directors $35,000 to be used for the purchase of three lots on the northeast corner of Sunnyside and Winfield Roads as a future home of the library. Plans were drawn and approved for the 10,000 square foot brick building.
Voters passed a referendum November 17, 1979 to purchase $585,000 of bonds to fund the new library building. The bi-level building was completed and opened June 29, 1981. The main level housed both the adult and children's areas. The lower level provided community meeting rooms and remained unfinished until 1986. A remodeling project was completed in 1986 and the downstairs was expanded to house the adult reference and non-fiction collections.
The library is staffed by four full-time and eight part time employees, and it is governed by an elected seven member board of trustees.
When the library celebrated our 50th anniversary, we put together a presentation about our first 50 years. Click here to enjoy this presentation by longtime library supporters Ida Lee and Marcia McAdams and library Director Matthew Suddarth. Click here to view the slide show. Thank you to the Winfield Library Friends for hosting this event.