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The Libraries of Columbia and Adair County
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By Mike Watson
The Libraries of Columbia and Adair County--a very brief history: This begins with the old library on Burkesville Street, now the site of the drive-in bank. That was an old house, formerly the home of Miss Sallie Field, that housed more than just the library, including the Lake Cumberland Regional Library.
In January 1963 the City of Columbia announced that the Myers property on the corner of Campbellsville and Reed Streets had been purchased for a new municipal building and parking lot. The building would house, among other things, the Regional Library. The first floor would be occupied in large party by the library, 3,200 hundred square feet in size. January 1965 saw the occupation of parts of the building by the city, but the library was awaiting shelving, and the eventual move. The library was open for service later in 1965.
A new library was constructed on the corner of Greensburg and Paull Streets and opened for business just before Christmas in 1978 with official, formal open house in September of 1979. The new library was designated the Janice Holt Giles Library and the Regional Library was in the basement. This is the building still used today.
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