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Friona Public Library was established in 1963 as a project of the Modern Study Club and other interested citizens of the community.  It began with a core reference collection of 150 books provided by the Texas State Library and as many donated books as the members could gather together .  In fact the library's first home was in the Women's Federated Clubhouse.

In 1968 the library became part of the City of Friona and was moved to the Old Syndicate Hotel Building south of the City Park.  Our Friends of the Library group was chartered that same year.

In 1972, the library became a charter member of the Texas Panhandle Library System by meeting the criteria of having at least 10,000 volumes and being open to the public at least 20 hours per week.

In 1982 with continued public and grant support the building at our current location of 109 W. 7th was constructed. Most recently in April 2000 the library was renovated and expanded to include over 6,000 square feet of library space.

In 1987 the library became a participant in the Harrington Library Consortium, a multii-type library electronic network made up of over 50 Panhandle Libraries and Branches.

Friona Public Library currently has over 30,000 volumes and a fulltime staff of 3 and 1 part-time employee.  It is open 45 hours per week from 9 to 6 Monday through Friday.  With local touch global reach our library welcomes you!

 


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