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The Waverly Public Library, located in Waverly, Iowa, is a public library that serves Waverly and the surrounding counties of Bremer and Butler. As of April 2011, the library contains 66,790 volumes, [1] including over 2,000 DVDs and over 1,000 CDs. [2] The library circulates approximately 166,909 items every year. [1]

Waverly, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Waverly is a city in Bremer County, Iowa, United States. The population was 9,874 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Bremer County and is part of the Waterloo–Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Bremer County, Iowa County in the United States

Bremer County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,276. Its county seat is Waverly. The county was named for Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish traveler, poet, and author.


Waverly, Iowa, is home to the Waverly Public Library. Waverly has a population of approximately 12,000 people. Waverly iowa.jpg
Waverly, Iowa, is home to the Waverly Public Library. Waverly has a population of approximately 12,000 people.


In 1857, two years before Waverly was incorporated, a committee was organized for the purpose of collecting books for the public's general use. Ten years later the First Baptist Church housed the collection in their new building. The Waverly Public Free Library was created in 1868, following a lecture series which raised more than $300. This lecture series included programs featuring Clara Barton, Frederick Douglass, John Heyl Vincent, and Paul Du Chaillu. The money raised was placed in a fund for developing an actual library building. The books were next stored in the Waverly Opera House, and then moved to rooms over Broadie's Drug Store in 1901. [3]

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On February 20, 1903, Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy New York philanthropist, awarded Waverly a $10,000 grant to construct a new library building. The new library was dedicated on January 1, 1905, and opened to the public for their use. At that time, the population of Waverly was 2,916 and the library owned less than 2,000 books. [4]

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Andrew Carnegie, New York philanthropist, awarded the city of Waverly a $10,000 grant to construct a free public library in 1903. Andrew Carnegie, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly left, 1913.jpg
Andrew Carnegie, New York philanthropist, awarded the city of Waverly a $10,000 grant to construct a free public library in 1903.

By 1965, the library had 7,872 registered borrowers, and the collection totaled over 30,000 books. A "wrap-around" structure was built in 1968 to accommodate the increase in patrons and materials. [5] In 1992, the city of Waverly ordered that a study be done to consider the library's future options. It was decided that a new library building would be constructed at a different location, and so in 1998 the present building was completed. [3]


Following is a list of the men and women who have provided leadership at the Waverly Public Library through their role as Director. [3]


Interactive videoconference rooms, wireless internet access, 18 public internet computers and computer classes are available for public use. Children and their parents can take advantage of a summer reading program, preschool storytime, toddler storytime, and a Family Bookclub. A Teen Advisory Board exists which plans creative activities for the community's youth, including weekly game events and Friday Night Computer tournaments. An active Friends of the Waverly Public Library group is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support and funding for library projects. These include bus trips to the library for elementary classes, books for new babies at the local hospital, books for kindergarten students, and used book and magazine sales.

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