History of Baxter Public Library

The Baxter Public Library was housed in several locations and staffed by volunteers until 1983. At this time, the city was planning to tear down the older home the library had been housed in to build a new fire station and community office building.  There was not enough room to include the library in this building.  The mayor and school board decided to move the library into the school along with the school’s collection. This is a unique situation.  Today, we are one of ten libraries in the state with this city-school collaboration.

Our library is completely combined.  The books are stamped to say who owns each book, but the books are shelved together and there is only one check out system.  The school librarian is available from Monday through Friday during school hours.   While the city librarian works hours set to meet the needs of the city patrons.