Q: What is the history of Spring Hill Library?
While book mobile service was available at Spring Hill in the early days of the JCL, it was not until 1971 that a branch was established there. The first branch was only open a few hours a week and was a joint effort between the Library and Spring Hill School District.
By 1980 the Spring Hill Library was included in a multi-service center, which offered a number of county services. In that year, the Johnson County Library proposed building permanent libraries in the cities of Spring Hill, De Soto, and Gardner, where the libraries were in a rented space. The new Spring Hill Library opened officially on June 1, 1982. The new building had approximately 2,681 total square feet. A member of the library staff was at the library one day a week, with the staff of the multi-service center operating the library at other times when open. During its first full year of operation (1983) the Spring Hill Library checked out 15,324 items.
Today the community continues to be served from the building that opened in 1982, but the entire building is now devoted to the library. The interior has been remodeled on several occasions to accommodate new media such as videocassettes, which in turn have been replaced by DVDs, as well as CDs and audiobooks.
By the numbers…2018 statistics
Items Circulated: 50,928
Square Footage: 2,681
Article researched and originally written by Jerry C. Roy, 2011.
Edited and updated by Terri Bostic, 2019.