The unique history of the Perry Public Library started in 1904 when the Carnegie Library building was dedicated on December 10 during a special ceremony at the Grand Opera House. Governor A.B. Cummins gave the address and issued a plea for value and efficiency of all educational influences that go to the making of a better citizen.
Perry began with a small collection of books that formerly belonged to the library association. The new Carnegie building cost $10,000 and was on a lot known as "the triangle." The building also housed a court room from 1907 to 1917, serving as the town's courthouse.
After being housed in the Carnegie building for 90 years, the new Perry Public Library was built in 1994 and was opened that year on April 18. It was built with donations totaling $1.8 million and required no bond issue and no public taxes.
Written by Jane Hermann