Aurora Public Library
101 S. River Street
Aurora, Illinois, 60506
The Aurora Public Library is a public library in Aurora, Illinois. It is made of up one central library with two branch libraries.
The first Aurora Public Library opened its doors on June 1, 1881. Interest in the library during its first years was high enough to fill its shelves by 1883 and warrant an expansion in 1885. Members of the city came together in 1900 to appeal to Andrew Carnegie for funds to construct a new library. On January 16, 1901, Carnegie's reply came with a promise of $50,000 towards construction. In 1969, this library became too small to meet the needs of the growing city around it, and a $500,000 renovation took place to completely replace the library with a building triple its size.
During the late 2000s, it became apparent that the library was simply not big enough to store its entire collection. Plans began for a new building and the site of the former Beacon-News (at the southwest corner of Benton and River streets) was purchased in 2010 for its construction. The new library, costing $30 million, opened June 14, 2015.
The library runs a bookmobile, bringing its total service population to 200,000 people.
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