Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.
  • Before the current library was built, a small circulating library (692 books) was opened in a room at the old Houghton State Bank.
  • The Red Oak Public Library is an Andrew Carnegie library, constructed in 1909
  • The Herbert C Lane Memorial addition was dedicated in 1924, and the Virginia Kelly Addition was added in 1959, increasing the size of the library by one-third
  • In May, 1983, ROPL was listed as an Iowa Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Interested in more history? Check out Iowa Historical Society.