In 1942 the City of North Little Rock began working toward passing a tax to support "local libraries". The tax was placed on the ballot in 1945 and was passed. Mrs. Myrtle Deason was hired to operate the library and worked for a full year with the Board of Trustees before the library was opened in 1947. The Maple Street Library and the 13th Street Library were moved into the new facility that was formally dedicated on December 30, 1962 as the William F. Laman Public Library of North Little Rock. In February 2002 work began on expanding and renovating the library. The library nearly doubled in size from approximately 25,000 square feet to almost 50,000 square feet. This expansion added a second floor, included new space for books and public programs and created two large public reading rooms. A formal dedication of the new library space took place on April 22, 2003.
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