Library services in Defiance County started around 1873, when a group of civic minded citizens formed the Defiance Library Association (DLA). At this time, there was no offical library building, so various businesses and governement buildings were taking turns housing the books.  There was also a fee to borrow books or to be a library member. The members of the DLA felt is was time to construct a permanent facility for the collection and make the materials available to the entire community. 

After nearly twenty years of fundraising, the DLA donated money to the city of Defiance in 1895, to form a FREE public library. The City Council passed an ordinance for the library, appointed a 6 member library board of trustees and selected the western end of Fort Defiance Park as the location for the permanent library building. The money donated by the DLA wasn't enough to cover the entire cost of a new building, so the Board of Trustees applied to Andrew Carnegie for help.  Carnegie, a very wealthy man sponsoring the construction of libraries across the country at the time, agreed to donate $22,000 to complete the project.

Ground was broken for the foundation in August of 1904 and the cornerstone was laid in October of the same year. The building was finally complete and dedicated on    July 4, 1905.  Over the years the building has undergone several changes, most notably the addition of the east wing in 1962 and the west wing in 1969.

During that time, the Defiance Public Library System also opened 2 branch locations across Defiance County, including Johnson Memorial Library in Hicksville (1939) and Sherwood Branch Library in Sherwood (1940). The Defiance Public Library still remains in residence in the original Carnegie building and honors the commitment to serve the citiznes of Defiance County,  just as its founders planned over a century ago.

 

  • Get a Library Card

    You can apply for a system-wide DPLS Library card online at all  three library locations in Defiance, Hicksville, and Sherwood.  Library cards are Read More
  • WiFi

    Defiance Public Library System Wireless Access The Defiance Public Library System provides a free wireless internet access point or "hot spot" Read More
  • Technology Classes

    Are you a newcomer to the world of PC's, tablets, and smart phones? Or maybe you're comfotable with computers but want to learn Read More
  • Program Proposals

    The staff at DPLS is always looking for great event and class ideas. Do you have a topic you would like Read More
  • Borrowing and Requesting Items

    Borrowing Items You may borrow up to 20 items on your DPLS library card. The loan period for items is Read More
  • Renew

    Unless reserved by another patron, items may be renewed up to 2 times. You can renew: in person  by telephone  Read More
  • Accessibility Services

    Defiance Public Library System provides a variety of services for people with disabilities. Browsing Assistance Patrons who need assistance browsing Read More
  • Guidelines for Using Library Computers

    Adults (18 or older) and Young Adults (ages 13-17) (you must have one of two options below) Must be current Read More
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