Timeline

The Elkhart Public Library (EPL) is located in Elkhart, Indiana. The Library serves a population of 92,236. This includes the City of Elkhart and Osolo, Concord and Cleveland townships. EPL consists of four branch libraries and the Main Library, located in downtown Elkhart.

  • 1903 Elkhart Public Carnegie Library opens (October 2nd)
  • 1904 7,793 books
  • 1910 17,435 books
  • 1920 27,961 books
  • 1922 Bookmobile service begins
  • 1930 39,984 books

Great Depression: The Bookmobile was sold for $75.00 and the Library budget cut by approximately $10,000.00.

  • 1936 Library interior remodeled
  • 1940 50,236 books
  • 1948 Bookmobile Services resumed
  • 1950 70,385 books
  • 1953 50th Anniversary of EPL
  • 1963 New Elkhart Public Library opens (March 31st)
  • 1970 Old Carnegie library torn down
  • 1975 Pierre Moran Branch Library in Pierre Moran Mall
  • 1975 Concord and Osolo townships become part of the Library service area
  • 1980 150,900 books
  • 1982 Major renovations completed at the Main Library
  • 1983 Cleveland township becomes part of the Library service area.
  • 1985 Collection Shift
  • 1987 Osolo Branch Library opens
  • 1989 Pierre Moran Branch Library moves to its own building
  • 1989 Mobile Library Branch began service
  • 1989 Dynix Integrated Library System brought online
  • 1990 190,690 books
  • 1993 Dunlap Branch Library opens
  • 1994 Portion of Society Bank is purchased for Main Library expansion project
  • 1995 Renovation of the annex begins
  • 1996 Audio-visual Services moves into the annex
  • 1996 Administration moves into the annex
  • 1997 EPL web page goes online
  • 1997 Public Internet access becomes available
  • 1998 Internet classes are offered to EPL cardholders
  • 1998 187,000 book collection shift
  • 1999 Periodicals Room opens in the annex
  • 2000 Two new bookmobiles were put into service
  • 2001 Cleveland Branch Library opens
  • 2001 Circulated over 1 million items this year
  • 2002 353,666 books (all locations)
  • 2002 110,109 non-book materials (all locations)
  • 2003 54,793 registered library card holders
  • 2003 380,747 books, 31,056 video, 23,886 audio
  • 2003 1,127,219 items checked out
  • 2003 100th Anniversary Celebrated
  • 2004 48,482 registered library card holders
  • 2004 386,194 books, 32,926 video, 23,272 audio
  • 2004 1,120,253 items checked out
  • 2005 56,242 registered library card holders
  • 2005 406,726 books; 35,033 video; 25,146 audio
  • 2005 1,103,850 items checked out
  • 2006 60,675 registered library card holders
  • 2006 408,693 books; 33,396 video; 24,051 audio
  • 2006 1,063,460 items checked out
  • 2006 New topics added to the computer classes offered at the library
  • 2007 63,951 registered card holders
  • 2007 407,751 books; 36,496 video; 26,038 audio
  • 2007 1,014,535 items checked out
  • 2007 Mobile computer lab allows classes to be taught at branch locations
  • 2008 64,851 registered library card holders
  • 2008 402,054 books; 31,631 video; 23,413 audio
  • 2008 1,004,652 items checked out
  • 2008 Computers set up at all locations to assist those needing to file for unemployment
  • 2009 61,365 registered library card holders
  • 2009 385,249 books; 30,334 video/DVDs; 22,049 audio
  • 2009 1,022,709 items checked out
  • 2010 Ruthmere Museum collection records display in our catalog
  • 2010 Facebook and Twitter accounts created
  • 2010 62,216 registered library card holders
  • 2010 389,123 books; 28,077 video/DVDs; 22,439 audio
  • 2010 972,804 items checked out
  • 2011 Traditional Bookmobile service discontinued
  • 2011 OverDrive, a service providing downloadable ebooks and audiobooks begins
  • 2011 Mobile catalog goes online
  • 2011 Main Library renovations begin
  • 2011 Service hours changed due to budget shortfalls
  • 2011 62,124 registered library card holders
  • 2011 368,776 books; 25,047 video/DVDs; 21,847 audio
  • 2011 841,676 items checked out
  • 2012 Systemwide organizational restructuring implemented
  • 2012 Open House held to showcase Main Library renovations
  • 2012 New website goes online
  • 2012 59,667 registered library card holders
  • 2012 362,664 books; 44,265 Audio/DVD
  • 2012 693,097 items checked out
  • 2013 New HVAC System installed
  • 2013 58,457 registered library card holders
  • 2013 360,457 books; 46,508 Audio/DVD
  • 2013 664,099 items checked out
  • 2014 Zinio digital magazine download service begins
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