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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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Old Library on Burkesville Street

2019-03-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Mike Watson.
The first Lake Cumberland Regional Library, the old Field House, on Burkesville Street

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Municipal Building housed library from 1965-1979

2019-03-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, CM file photo.
Municipal: Municipal Building--Columbia City Hall--as it looks currently. The library moved to this new building in 1965 and occupied most of the first floor. There was then a white concrete 'screen' between the existing pillars that allowed a filtered light through. This was removed in the renovation of about ten years ago. Note this photo also shows the new addition of the City Police section on the upper or right end of the building toward the Square. This occupies the site of the old Pool Room.

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Current library, before and after signage

2019-03-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Mike Watson.
A photo of the current library before the new brick sign was erected in 2017, at left, and a current photo of the library as it appears on the library web site, at right.

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Adair County Public Library

2019-03-08 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
A current shot of the exterior of the Adair County Public Library.

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