Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
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The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is a public library located in the American city of Corvallis, Oregon. The library's motto is "Bringing people and information together." It is part of a city-county system with branches in Alsea, Monroe, and Philomath as well as a bookmobile.
The first library in Benton County was a privately-owned circulating library operated in Corvallis during the decade of the 1860s by a resident named J.W. Souther. Souther advertised in the local newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette the opportunity for subscribers to take advantage of his 730 volumes of "choice reading" for a fee of $5 per year.
Planning for a public library for the town of Corvallis, Oregon began early in the decade of the 1870s. In December 1872, acting response to public interest in the idea of a public library for the city, wealthy railroad investor Dr. J. R. Bayley announced that if a permanent public library association would be formed, that he would provide the group with use of a room inside a new brick building that he was in the process of constructing.
New library construction
In 2008 a history of the Corvallis-Benton County Library written by Thomas C. McClintock was published.
- "Corvallis-Benton County Public Library," www.thebestlibrary.net/
- David D. Fagan, of Benton County, Oregon; Including its Geology, Topography, Soil and Productions... Portland, OR: A.G. Walling, 1885; pg. 336.
- The Oregonian, vol. 12, no. 275 (Dec. 16, 1872), pg. 1.
- "Library History". Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Hennen's American Public Library Ratings". Retrieved 2008-03-09.
- Thomas C. McClintock, The Best Gift: The History of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Foundation, 2008.