Hanford Branch Library

401 North Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230

559-582-0261

Mission:

To support lifelong learning by providing books, information, and other important resources to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the public we serve.

History:

Kings County's first library was a public reading room, established in Hanford in 1891. Books were donated by the citizens of Hanford and funds were raised by sponsoring socials and concerts. In 1902, the Library Trustees met with the City Trustees to propose making an application to Andrew Carnegie for funds to build a new library. The city agreed to procure the land for the building and to provide an annual budget of $1,500. (See: Hanford Daily Journal, 19 September 1902) The application was successful, and the reading room was replaced in February 1906 when the city library was opened--built with a gift of $12,500 from Andrew Carnegie. Designed in the Romanesque style, this building served as the public library until 1968. The building still stands, and after a renovation in 1974 became the local museum.

Six years after the opening of the City Library, the County Library was established by a resolution of the Board of Supervisors in November of 1912. Initially the County Library operated from the second floor of the Hanford Carnegie Library, and from 1912 to 1935, the Hanford City and Kings County libraries operated as a consolidated system. The Hanford City Library resumed its independent status in 1935, and the County Library was moved to the basement of the courthouse. The County Library was later relocated to a small frame structure on Lacey Blvd. near Redington Street. The current library opened in August 1968. Partially funded by a Library Services and Construction Act, Title II Grant, this new facility became the home of both the Hanford City and Kings County libraries. In July 1975 these two libraries were again consolidated, and the Hanford library became a branch of the Kings County Library.

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