The Russell County Public Library’s earliest record of establishment dates back to 1945. Although very few records were kept during this period, services began expanding in 1954 when Russell County was given a T4-871 Bookmobile, donated by the International Harvester Company, and driven by the county’s first Librarian, Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps.
In 1956, a room in the basement of the Russell County Court House Annex was rented as a place to conduct a Story Hour program, and with many of her own materials donated for the public’s use, Mrs. Phelps singlehandedly kept the Library open three days a week and drove the bookmobile three days a week.
On June 12, 1965, the Russell County Public Library District was officially formed by a petition of register voters, and in 1967, the Library moved to its newly constructed building located one-half block from the Court House Square in Jamestown. The first Board of Trustees members for the new district included Mr. Othello Gaskin, Mrs. Christine Blair, Mrs. Joyce Akers, Mr. Kenneth Hadley, and Mr. Kenton Cooper. Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps continued to serve as Librarian until 1970.
In 1988, construction to expand the Main Library was completed, and in 1993, Library services grew to include a Branch location in Russell Springs. The Branch Library, which had been built in 1947 and previously served as a GE Appliance store, officially opened on April 18, 1993 with Mrs. Mildred Lawson serving as the first Branch Librarian.
The tradition of the Russell County Public Library continues to grow, offering a variety of both traditional and innovative services. Whether you are a regular patron or haven’t visited in a while, we invite you to come to the Russell County Public Library and Discover What Speaks to You!
Main Jamestown location
Hours of operation:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST Monday-Friday
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST Saturday
Russell Springs location
Hours of operation:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST Tuesday
Closed Saturday and Sunday