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THE OLDHAM COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY came into existence in 1968 sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. Before becoming a county library system, it had been a city library known as the Duerson Memorial Library of LaGrange. In 1944, Mary F. Duerson donated her house and property for a public library in memory of her daughter, Nora. Nora Duerson had been a teacher in the Oldham County School system until her death in 1917 at age 43. The first library directors were W.W. Head, R.C. Jones and D.E. Wooldridge. In 1969 the library petitioned the county for the establishment of a library tax and in 1974 a new library in LaGrange was constructed. Following a time of unprecedented growth in Oldham County, a second branch, the South Oldham Library was constructed in Crestwood and opened in 1981. In 1983 the Mahan branch was opened in the Goshen area on Highway 42 and 1793 on property formerly owned by Howard and Virginia Mahan. In 2009 the new Main Library was opened in LaGrange , the first green (environmentally responsible) library in Kentucky. The Oldham County Public Library system is funded by property taxes at a rate of $0.032 per $100 of assessed property value. State grants provide some funds.
The Oldham County Public Library is a fully automated system providing for the informational, educational and entertainment needs of Oldham Countians. Besides fiction titles for juveniles and adults the library system has a Reference Collection, extensive non-fiction collection, newspapers, magazines, videos, books on compact disc, and audio cassettes. Special collections include: Genealogy, Kentucky, Daughters of the American Revolution, Large Print, Census, Civil War, and Young Adult. Services and programs are provided at various branches. There is a Pre-School story hour at all branches as well as a summer reading program and summer activity program. Adult programs of interest to the community are held throughout the year. A-V equipment is available for lending. A coin-op photocopier and fax capabilities are provided for a fee. There are 66 computers with full internet access available for the public also providing programs for word processing and document delivery. Most services and items are provided to Oldham County patrons free of charge. Adults need an ID card to get a library card and anyone under the age of 18 needs a parentís signature to get a library card. Library cards may be used at any Oldham County Public Library location.