5 W. Jamestown Street
South Charleston, OH 45368
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Two prominent businessmen and brothers, Edwin & Leon Houston, had a vision for a public library in South Charleston. They left $20,000 in their wills for the construction of the Houston Library and donated it to the Village of South Charleston. The groundbreaking took place in 1927 and plans for a small Andrew Carnegie style library developed.
In 1958, the Houston Library became a branch of the Clark County Public Library System. Both the Village and the CCPL system have been proud to provide such a charming library facility for the community. In 1985, an addition was built and was used as the children's room.
On April 3, 2007, the South Charleston commissioners passed ordinance #2007-3, an agreement to turn over the Houston building and grounds to the Clark County Public Library. On May 15, 2007, an agreement to donate the real estate was signed by Village Manager, Sarah Wildman and the CCPL Clerk Treasurer.
In 2008, two more additions were completed along with remodeling of the existing structure. The 1985 children's room was turned into the adult fiction area with a small adjacent addition to the east serving as the quiet reading/computer area for adults. The west end of the building expanded into a new, larger children's room with an outdoor theme, featuring its own steel art pin oak tree. The west addition also houses two new public restrooms, a manager's office and staff room. A large library program/community room, which seats 98, was added to the southwest portion of the addition and may be booked for use by non-profit clubs and organizations. As part of the remodeling, a larger public internet area was created, as well as a larger teen area.
Today, the branch serves the South Charleston area with a population of 1850 residents, as well as the surrounding communities such as South Solon, South Vienna, Pitchin, etc.
The Houston Branch boasts of a small, hometown atmosphere with a friendly and welcoming staff. Many visitors comment on the cozy feel and marvel at the beautiful oak woodwork and architecture and are in awe of the remodeling and expansions.
Our library is staffed by a wonderful team of people who are all actively involved in providing the best customer service possible, as well as, an up-to-date collection of materials, and a variety of services and programs for all ages.
Delivery to Charleston Court Apartments, voter registration, tax forms, Golden Buckeye applications, a copier machine, 8 Internet/word processing computers, free wireless Internet access, 2 Early Learning Stations for children, a Peek-a-Book station for children and an outdoor signboard for nonprofit community use.
Summer Reading Program