Birchard library was a bit stricter at its start

The expansion of Birchard Public Library’s main building in Fremont will help provide a facility that – like the rest of the world – has already grown to a far different place than it was in its beginning nearly 150 years ago.

Experience, education, technology and community support have all contributed to the changes.

The library opened June 2, 1874, on the second floor of Birchard Hall on the southeast corner of Front and State streets. It was opened 9 am-1pm and 7-9pm

A gift to the city Wilhelm: Remembering Sardis Birchard’s gift of a new library

Jessie McCulloch, a daughter of the chairman of the City Council, was the first librarian. She had studied the methods of Case Library and the public library in Cleveland.

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