Haakon Community Library
The mission of the Haakon Community Library is to expand educational opportunities for the adults and children of our community by enriching their lives through full access to information, service, and lifelong learning.
The Haakon County Public Library Board of Trustees envision a library that can fulfill important roles within our community. These include:
- Lifelong learning: Including early childhood, formal education support and test taking/test proctoring services.
- Access to information and service:Including electronic resources, reference materials, research assistance, computer access and collection development.
- Community Engagement: Including the "Friends of the Library", youth programming, elderly outreach, book clubs and a "community living room" concept.
Our History of the Haakon County Public Library
The Philip Woman's Club Library began sometime in 1914 as a project of the Philip Woman's Club. Each member of the club (thirteen in number) purchased a book. When every member had read those books, thirteen more were purchased. These books were housed in the front porch of one of the members. This began a dream which continues today.
Other people in the town began donating and borrowing books and in 1924 a discussion was held to find a bigger and better place for the books. Once again they were housed in a home with a large enclosed porch.
Early in 1932 the county commissioners gave permission to use a room on the fourth floor of the courthouse. An open house was held on May 6, 1932 with 282 volumes. Mrs Lois Ferguson was the first librarian. She served for six months. Mrs. Norma Lockett served in the late thirties and forties.
In 1943 Mrs. George Mesick became librarian. It was under her supervision that the library was moved to two rooms on the first floor of the courthouse. The number of books had grown to 237 children's books and 1,162 adult books.
In 2015, we remodeled our small library and added 3 new reading areas, (children, teen, and adult) streamlined our content, painted, carpeted and gave it a homey, comfortable feel.
Today, our small library is located on the first floor of the County Courthouse. Its shelves hold 7,129 books, 390 DVDs, and 174 audiobooks. We are excited to offer South Dakota Titles to Go, an online library that offers 14,300 ebooks and 5,306 downloadable audiobooks.
We also offer free Wi-Fi, test proctoring, Inter-Library loans, and eResources research sites from A to Z.
Come in and check us out!