The Berryville Public Library serves the people living in and around Berryville, Arkansas. It strengthens our community by providing welcoming spaces, diverse programs and exclusive resources that increase access to education, technology, information, and opportunity for all.
The Berryville Public Library was established in 1938 by a small group of community members with just a few boxes of donated books. It was located on the third floor of the town’s courthouse, which is now the Carroll County Heritage Center. Open just two afternoons a week, the library housed less than 1,000 volumes.
The Berryville Public Library became part of the North Arkansas Regional Library System in 1944. It was at this time that the library’s first program was offered, a weekly story hour for children. Story Hour was held on Thursdays in the Carroll County Courtroom, adjacent to the library. During the same year, The Star Progress, the weekly Berryville newspaper, announced that the library checked out 2,798 items in just one month.
In June 1950 construction began on a new library facility. The new building was small, twenty by fifty-nine feet, but with restrooms and basement storage, it offered more space for the expanding book collection and services. The building, located next to the old courthouse on the Town Square, was dedicated on May 12, 1951.
In 1978 Carroll County Judge Arthur Carter and the Carroll County Health Department built a modern brick building to house both the Health Department and the library. Although the library is still in the building, the Library Board nearly doubled its size with an addition to the structure built in 1990. It was in this same year that the library became part of a new regional system, the Carroll and Madison Library System.
With every location change, the library has grown in popularity within its community and in the entire county. To serve our growing community, the library today houses a diverse collection of materials including over 29,000 books and 7,000 DVDs along with music CDs, audiobooks, magazines, video games and other resources. The library hosts over 500 free programs a year and provides the community with an array of education and technology services at no or low cost.
The Berryville Public Library has sorely outgrown its current location. Major fundraising plans are underway with the goal of raising enough money to build a new library for Berryville, Arkansas by 2025.
With an average of over 250 visitors daily, the Berryville Library is a busy place where you can always find something to read, view, or do.
We hope to see you here soon!