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Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

The Oxford Public Library is one of the many libraries in Iowa and across the country that were originally formed by women's clubs. In Oxford the women's club is named the Nemora Club, after one of the originally suggested names for the town. It was founded in 1932 and is still active. Today the club members still volunteer in the library. See the celebration for the club's 50th anniversary in 1982 below.

The celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Nemora Club.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.

Harry S. Truman during his whistle stop campaign in Oxford, Iowa.

A big event in Oxford history was when we were an actual Presidential whistle stop for Harry S. Truman. Learn more about that stop at the library.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.