“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
-- Oscar Wilde
The library is much more than a place to simply check out books. We consider CCPL to be an agent of community development that seeks to inspire, raise awareness, and educate. By continually expanding and updating our resource collection, organizing free classes and programs, and working alongside other educational, business, and non-profit agencies, we strive to enhance both individual and community well-being.
Our second annual "Historical Ghost Tour" is this Saturday, Nov. 1 at Veterans Park! Bring a blanket and join the fun at 6:30 pm!
Updated: October 24, 2014
- Burn - James Patterson
- Winter Street - Elin Hilderbrand
- Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult
- Deadline - John Sandford
- The Perfect Witness - Iris Johansen
- Mr. Miracle - Debbie Macomber
- Paris Match - Stuart Woods
Updated: October 24, 2014, 2014
- Liza - Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
- Vickie - Deadline by John Sandford
- Cathy - All Fudged Up by Nancy Coco
Updated: October 24, 2014
Of Your Library
The mission of the Cumberland County Public Library is to provide quality programs and services that fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.
Childrens, juvenile/young adult, and adult books (including large-print)
Local and state newspapers
Public computers and free Wi-Fi
Free paperbacks and magazines
Adult and childrens' programming
County-wide bookmobile service
New At Your Library
Universal Class -- Learn A New Subject Online Today
Why not learn something new today? Universal Class™ offers hundreds of online continuing education classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic.
Mission, Staff, and Operating Hours
The Cumberland County Public Library opened its doors at the current location (just off the downtown square on Hill Street) in 1967, thus having served local residents and tourists alike for nearly fifty years. We provide access to print and electronic media, lead multiple book clubs, offer adult and children's programming, have eight public computer workstations as well as free Wi-Fi, host community events including author lectures, book signings, and murdery mystery dinners, feature local artists' work, and proudly house an extensive geneaology collection. Placing a strong emphasis on outreach, we also provide bookmobile service to residents around the county, assist local schools, day cares, adult learning facilities, and nursing homes with literacy and community development campaigns, and work closely with the Cooperative Extension Office on programs throughout the year. All of these services (excluding special events) are offered free of charge to the public. We encourage you to stop by the library today to introduce yourself, check out the resources we have available and sign up for a library card!
The library is open Monday-Friday, 8:50-4:50 and Saturday, 8:50-11:50. Staff members include Liza Turner (Director), Terry Staley (Bookmobile librarian), Barbara Booher (Childrens' librarian), Vickie Staley (Head circulation librarian), Cathy Berry & Sherry Riddle (Circulation assistants), and Tommy Thurman (Janitor).
1938 to Present
The Cumberland County Public Library was founded in 1938 as a WPA library. Before opening at the current location on Hill Street in October 1967, the library collection was housed in the basement of the courthouse. Jewell Thomas, who was also a founding member of the Cumberland County Literacy Council, served as the librarian from 1956 to 1963. In the mid-1950s, bookmobile services were established under a state initiative designed to provide library resources to rural areas in Kentucky. Ruby D. Lee was the first driver for Cumberland County. The land for the current location was deeded from W. Less McComas in the mid-1960s and Mabel Hayden was selected as the first library director. The original board of trustees included Glee Hume, Hazel Wells, Melba Sewell, Daisy Alexander, and Helen Judd. Construction for the library was made possible by State money that was then matched by local patrons and supporters. The first and only extensive remodeling of the library did not occur until 2008, more than forty years after the initial construction.