History

 

1903 Carnegie Library1904
Coshocton’s Carnegie Library, located on the corner of 4th Street and Chestnut Street in Coshocton, Ohio is completed. The library was the 1,000th library funded by Andrew Carnegie. 

 

John Johnson in his Tacoma, Washington apartment

 

 

1924

Coshocton City Council turned over responsibility of the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum collection to the library, due to the museum not having enough funds for a location or maintenance. 

 

 

1931 Sycamore School building

1931

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum opens its doors in the Sycamore School building leased by the Coshocton Public Library Board.

 

Main Street School

 

 

1936

The West Lafayette Branch opens on October 10th in a vacant basement room of the Main Street School located in West Lafayette, Ohio. 

Interior of Branch in Main Steet School

 

 

 

1936-1946
Sometime in this time frame the West Lafayette Branch is moved into a different room in the basement of the Main Street School. 

Rehard Building

 

 

1946
The West Lafayette Branch is moved to 117 East Main Street, West Lafayette where it remains for 29 years.  The school was in need of the basement space the library had been occupying. 

 

Dodge Bookmobile

 

 

1952
A 1939 Dodge Bookmobile is purchased for $500 to offer library services remotely. 

Carnegie Interior

 

 

 

1954
Discussion began to consider adding on to the Carnegie building; however, the site was found to be unsuitable for reconstruction. Later, the building is remodeled.

 

 

1955 Bookmobile

 
 
1955
The Gerstenslager Bookmobile is purchased and serves the county until 1968. 
 
 
 

1966 Bookmobile

 

1966 

new 29-foot bookmobile is purchased to carry more resources for $24,000.

 

Main Street Location

 

 

1974
The library moves to the former post office building on the corner of 7th and Main, Coshocton, Ohio. 

 

 

 

1975

The West Lafayette Branch library is relocated in October to 108 East Main Street, West Lafayette to allow for more resources. 

 

Bluebird

 
 
 
1984
The Blue Bird bookmobile is purchased. 
 
 
 
1979 Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village
 
 
 
1979
On July 7, the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum opens in a newly constructed building located in Roscoe Village.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

1988
An addition is constructed on the 7th and Main location to house an expanded children's room, offices, basement storage, and workspace for staff. 

 

 

 

 

1991
On July 15th the West Lafayette Branch is relocated to 601 East Main Street, West Lafayette to allow for better parking and more resources.

A grand opening celebration is held on August 24th. 

 

 

 

Renovation

1995
The library is renovated to improve accessibility, increase shelf space, and allow for modern technology. 

 

 

1996 Bookmobile

 

 

1996
A more modern Blue Bird bookmobile is purchased. 

Centennial Statue

 

 

 

2004
The Coshocton Public Library's centennial is celebrated by commissioning a sculpture to be created by Alan Cottrill of Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio in Zanesville, Ohio. 

 

Rotary Reading Shelter

 

 

2005
The West Lafayette Rotary Club donates the Reading Shelter to the West Lafayette Branch as the club's Centennial project with seating provided by two Eagle Scouts. 

 

 

 

2006
The Coshocton Public Library Centennial Statue is unveiled. 

Bookmobile

 

 

2017
A 2018 Bluebird bus is delivered to serve as the new bookmobile.  The bus is 36 feet long and has a 4,500 material capacity.  About half of the funding for the new bookmobile was raised through grants from local foundations and businesses, and through private donations.