Committed to excellence
In 1904, a group of women yearning to enhance the educational and cultural life of the rough and tumble town of Marshfield formed the Progress Club. The Club soon launched a major community effort to form a public library. Success came in 1910, when the first public library on Coos Bay opened in the Sengstacken Building. With the persistence of library supporters and a Carnegie Foundation grant, the library’s first permanent home was built in 1914 and dedicated in January, 1915.
50 years later, the Carnegie Library was overcrowded. A strong Library Board and the community acted and a new facility opened in 1966. The building was expanded in 1999 to meet high demand and changing community needs.
Since its inception, the library has been the recipient of gifts from various civic groups, local business and appreciative citizens. While public dollars may keep the doors open, private donations provide services and materials that add to the overall excellence of the library. Whether you use the library or value it as a cultural and educational resource, your support matters. Tax-deductible gifts to the Library Foundation are a great way to help preserve our community treasure.