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The Public Library Association of Missouri Valley first met in 1871, with a room in the Commercial Building at 6th and Erie becoming the first library.  In 1882, the City Council gave the Association one room in the new City Hall for a library.  This room was immediately behind the stalls where the fire horses were kept.

In 1909, $10,000 was given by
Andrew Carnegie, and with an additional $5,000 donated by the community, a lot was purchased at 5th and Huron.  In 1912 the new Carnegie Library was dedicated. 

In 2004, a renovation and addition to the library was dedicated which was made possible by a gift from Ruth and Hugh Tamisiea, longtime community members and library supporters.  The new addition added 7,035 square feet of space to the original building which contained 5,844 square feet.
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The remodeled library includes spacious reading areas, expanded space for adult fiction and nonfiction, and a large children's library with separate collections for children and young adults.  A public meeting room is available on the lower level.  A Tamisiea Memorial Room on the second level displays items from the Tamisiea family.