In August of 1954, the five-year dream of the Chandler Junior Woman’s Club became a reality when the doors of the Chandler Public Library were opened. The group conducted a door-to-door campaign to raise the necessary funds to construct the building ($5,560 total cost) and provide for a small collection of books. As evident in the abundance of support received, the entire community felt that it was important to have a library of its own. Once the doors were opened, the keys were turned over to the City of Chandler for continued operation.
Today, the Chandler Public Library continues its commitment of being the reading, learning, and cultural center for our community. With four locations in all geographic areas of the community, library users have the opportunity to meet and interact with others, sit quietly and read in an approachable and inviting environment, with high-speed access to the digital world. As the information leader, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
It is through the abundance of resources, inspiring spaces, professional and committed staff, that the Chandler Public Library strives to be the BEST public library.
Highlights from the Year in Review 2010/2011
Total number of cardholders 273,238
Total number of library visits 1,328,148
|Total number of youth programs 1,544
Youth program attendance 59,539
Items in collection 509,548
Total circulation 2,367,456
|Total adult volunteers 310
Volunteer hours 20,695
Volunteer service value (Independent Sector) $407,839