Trenton Veterans Memorial Library

2790 Westfield Rd
Trenton, MI 48183


The tradition of library services in Trenton began in 1927 through the efforts of the Trenton Exchange Club. That first library was dedicated on March 23, 1928 and opened its doors for business the following day with Mrs. Muriel K. Bennett as librarian. It was named the Trenton Public Library and was located in the basement of the Municipal Building. Entrance was by an outside walk-down to a collection of 1,700 books. Library hours were 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. In the fall of 1953, the library began a collection of 78 rpm records which could be borrowed by patrons. Featured records for children included "Ding-Dong School". Those first records were donated by the Trenton Music Club. 1953 also included a new innovation---an after-hours book drop. At year's end, it was determined the library had clearly outgrown its location. A savings bond was given to the winner and about 100 sketches were received from students. The Village Engineer was instructed by the City Council to seek an architect. The location chosen for the library was the corner of West Road and Westfield and on January 12, 1959 the library moved into its new building. It was officially dedicated on February 15, 1959. In the mid 1970s the name was changed to the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. Demand for increased library services made this building obsolete and on November 4, 1997 Trenton voters approved a $4,000,000 bond issue to fund and construct a new library.

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