Library History

Origianlly founded by the Oxford's women's club, The Nemora Club, this small town library has flourished into a source of literacy, connection, creativity, and learning for the citizens of Oxford and beyond. Organized and operated by its single employee, Director Lauren Roberts, Oxford's library continues to grow through the love of the community, volunteers, and donations throughout the year.


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Photo by: Sage & Ivy Studio


See the celebration for the Nemora Club's 50th anniversary in 1982 below.


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The building is a former store front that was used for many purposes over the years including a movie theater. The tin ceiling from earlier years is still in place. One of the most interesting things about the current library is that when the bank on the corner lot next door decided to tear down the 19th century bank building and replace it with a new one, they had to replace the formerly shared wall for us.


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A big event in Oxford history was when we were an actual Presidential whistle stop for Harry S. Truman.


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Oxford also hosted RAGBRAI riders on a hot summer day in July 2023. Thanks to the riders, volunteers were able to raise nearly $1,200 for the following year's Summer Reading Program.


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Photo by: Sage & Ivy Studio