Library History

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1896

The tax levy passed for a library in the City of Newport.

1898

Newport opens a library in the Newport Mutual Fire Insurance Company building at the NW corner of Fourth and Monmouth. It is the city’s first free library.

1899

Steel tycoon turned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, agreed to give $20,000 to build Newport Library. The project ended up costing $25,000. The Newport Public Library was the first of 23 Carnegie libraries to open in Kentucky.

1902

On June 25, the Carnegie Free Library opened its doors at 4th and Monmouth Streets in Newport.

1956

Congress passes the Library Services Act, which paves the way for countywide library systems.

1960s

The Kentucky State Library offers grants to counties that establish countywide systems.

Kenton County Library is established in 1967.

The petition to establish a Campbell County system fails in 1968.

1971

Betty Daniels leads a group of women to establish a two-room library in the Shaw House in Fort Thomas.

1973

The library at Fort Thomas was moved to the former Erschell Funeral Home at 155 N. Ft Thomas Ave.

The Boone County Library is established.

1976

Using grant money from the state, the establishment of demonstration libraries began.

The basement of the city building in Alexandria was used for a library.

1977

The Newport Library in the Carnegie building opted out of participating in the demonstration but agreed to join forces if it was a success. Instead, the demonstration library was a rented mobile home that was purposed into a library. It was parked free of charge at the Newport Shopping Center.

1978

On September 5, the Campbell County Public Library system (CCPL) was established. More than 51% of the voters signed the petition for a county system. Campbell County Judge Executive Lambert Hehl signed the document and the Library Board met for the first time.

1979

CCPL purchased the Andrew Carnegie building that was being operated as a city library, and took over library operations.

1984

In December, the Cold Spring Branch was opened and service at the Alexandria City Building basement was discontinued.

1987

Major renovations to the Newport Branch in the Carnegie Building included installing air conditioning and moving the children’s department to the second floor.

1995

A new building for the Fort Thomas Branch was built.

The Library system automated its entire collection.

1996

The Cold Spring Branch was expanded to 14,500 sq. feet.

1997

Dial-up Internet access is available at the Cold Spring location.

1998

Broadband Internet access is available at all three locations.

1999

Fort Thomas was expanded to 15,000 sq. feet, doubling its capacity.

CCPL celebrated 100 years of library service with a celebration at the Carnegie building.

2003

Construction begins for a new Newport Branch.

2004

The Newport Branch, a new 27,000 sq. ft. building, opens May 16.

The first Long Range Plan is created {PDF}

2005

Campbell County Public Library begins opening on Sundays.

The Long Range Plan is updated {PDF}

2006

The Long Range Plan looks to 2006-2010 {PDF}

2007

Cold Spring Branch reopens after extensive three-month renovation.

The Long Range Plan is updated {PDF}

2008

Planning begins for the new South Branch in Alexandria.

2012

A lawsuit was filed in January 2012 that held public libraries should be following Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 173.790. Libraries had been following KRS 132 in setting their annual tax rates.

2013

In April 2013, Campbell Circuit Court ruled in the plaintiff’s favor. CCPL filed an appeal.

2014

The CCPL Board approves a new Long Range Plan {PDF}

2015

On March 19, the Kentucky Court of Appeals unanimously ruled the Library acted in good faith according to the correct statute in determining its annual tax rates.

The Library launches its first-ever app on MArch 29.

CCPL earns Exemplary Level from KPLA.

Cam, the library mascot, is introduced to the public at Summer Reading kickoff on June 5.

Newport’s basement is renovated to add public meeting space.

On April 20, 2015, the litigants against the Library filed a Motion for Discretionary Review with the Kentucky Supreme Court. On December 10, 2015, the Kentucky Supreme Court let stand the decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

2017

Digital marquees are installed at all three branches on May 3.

The Melbourne Express and Silver Grove Express open May 16.