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Sanborn Public Library

Sanborn, IA

Address: 407 Main Street
Mail: PO Box 430
Sanborn, Iowa
United States

County: O'Brien View map of all libraries in O'Brien County.

Phone: 712-930-3215

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Library details: Sanborn Public Library is a Public library.
This library is affiliated with the library system that serves Sanborn, IA. The collection of the library contains 20,297 volumes. The library circulates 29,758 items per year. The library serves a population of 1,916 residents .

Other Info: Library hours
Mon & Wed: 1:30-8 p.m.
Thursday: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30-10:30 a.m. and
Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Three computers are available for public use. The computers give library patrons access to both PC and Apple computer technology. Internet access also is available on the library’s computers, which are open for personal use. A fax machine is available for patrons to send or receive messages. As always, the library is an ideal place to make copies.
The library’s card catalog was automated in 1995. Patrons can now see which books are available for checkout themselves. Approximately 20,000 books sit on the shelves waiting to be borrowed and the library subscribes to nearly 70 periodicals and newspapers for patrons while they take a break and relax as they read. Special collections of large print books, videos and books on tape also are available. Currently, there are approximately 1,200 borrowers.

If the library does not have a particular book, the inter-library loan system allows it to borrow the book from another library.

A new microfilm reader-printer makes it easier for patrons to access news articles. The library has copies of the O’Brien Pioneer and Sanborn Pioneer newspapers dating back to 1872 in its microfilm collection. Library users now can print copies of what they find in old issues.

The first public library was organized in 1901 through civic clubs and volunteers and flourished though business people who kept the books in their stores. Two years later the town hired a full-time librarian and moved the books to a room in Sanborn’s Opera House. The Sanborn Public Library’s current building was built in 1911 at 407 Main St. with the help of a grant from the Carnegie Foundation in Washington, D.C. The building was remodeled in 1964 and a children’s library was added.

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Administration: The director of the library is Alvina Reitsma .

Organizational structure: This is a publicly funded and managed library.

See also: Directory of Public Libraries in the United States

See also: Directory of Public Libraries in Iowa

Statistics Public
Service Population 1,916Residents
Collection size20,297volumes
Annual Circulation29,758transactions
Expenditures Reported to Institute of Museum and Library Services
2012 $58,359$8,083$81
2010 $52,921$9,047$66

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Technology Profile
Product NameYear Contracted
Current Automation SystemDestiny
Previous Automation SystemWinnebago Spectrum1995

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Identifiers ID16683

Record History: This listing was created on Oct 6, 2005 and was last modified on May 21, 2018.

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