Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

The Bedford Public Library, built in 1916, was a gift from Andrew Carnegie . The new library building was very stylish, faced in stucco, trimmed in brick with a red clay tile roof.  The inside has two fireplaces with dark pine finished woodwork. It is one of 101 Carnegie Libraries built in Iowa.

The Library is no longer just books; it now is home to five public access computers with high speed internet connections.  Other modern technology added recently is a new copier, fax machine, scanner, many new software programs and educational games.  The library also contains a large genealogy collection.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.