About The Library
Stillwater Public Library… Let Your Mind Run Deep!
Honoring the past and embracing the future, the Stillwater Public Library provides a forum for the
development of a literate, informed citizenry in its dynamic community.
The mission of the Stillwater Public Library is to promote the power of knowledge, encourage the discovery of ideas, and instill the joy of reading.
Focus on the user
Respect and consideration for all users
Responsiveness to community needs
User privacy and confidentiality
An informed citizenry
Excellence in collections, programs, and services
Prompt, objective, and knowledgeable responses in the delivery of services
Innovation, imagination, and creativity
Equal and open access to collections and programs
Access to basic library services at no charge to Stillwater residents and MELSA affiliates
Our community’s diversity, intellectual freedom, and the representation of differing viewpoints
The responsibility of parents/guardians to make choices for their children
The public good and our position as an essential component of a strong community
Collaboration and partnerships to advance our mission
The responsible stewardship of all resources – public funds, private donations, staff, volunteers, and
The Stillwater Public Library was established in 1897. The original building was constructed in 1902 on the current site with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie. An addition was built in 1973 with financial support from the Margaret Rivers Foundation. The building was completely renovated in 1987.
In March 2005, the City Council formally approved a resolution to provide City funds of $5 million towards a library renovation and expansion project, and authorized the Library Board to proceed. Matching funds to complete the project came from the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals in the Stillwater community. Groundbreaking for the project was in September 2005. Construction was completed in the fall of 2006. The library reopened at the Third Street site on September 18, 2006, after over a year in temporary quarters at the Valley Ridge Mall.