Welcome to the Cordova Public Library!

We are located at 622 First Street in downtown Cordova, Alaska.  Here are our hours of operation:

Tuesday through Thursday:  10 am to 8 pm
Friday:  10 am to 6 pm
Saturday:  noon to 5 pm
Sunday:  May - September 1 to 5 pm

If you need more information, call us at (907)424-6667.

The Cordova Library is moving into the Cordova Center!  We will be closed October 27 through November 7 so that we can move the entire library collection and furnishings.  To make the closure less painful for patrons, permanent patrons will be able to check out 10 items to keep them stocked with books while we are closed.  We will be using volunteers in various ways for the move.  Please call us at 424-6667 if you would like to help.  The finale to our move will be a 'Book Brigade" using community energy and enthusiasm to move books from the old building to the new building.  More information on this fun event will be coming soon.

The first library in Cordova began as a “reading room” within the cozy walls of the Red Dragon. Rev. Eustace Ziegler thought it important to offer the men working on the Copper River and Northwest Railway proper recreational opportunities and ran an informal lending library in the clubhouse. “A fireplace in the center of the room was kept burning for cheer,”  stated Ziegler.

Located on donated railroad property, the Red Dragon still stands as a testament to Ziegler’s efforts. In June of 1925 the women’s guild of St. George’s Episcopal Church opened the book collection to the public creating Cordova’s first public library. Since that time the library has occupied the Adams building and the Windsor Hotel before moving to its present location in the Centennial Building in 1971. Planning is now underway to create a new library and museum—The Cordova Center—a multi-purpose facility designed to meet the needs of Cordovans well into the future!

Challenges and Changes

The Cordova Public Library has been facing some interesting challenges because of being the most popular place to be after school in our community! To meet the challenge, the Library staff and Library Board have set into motion some additional guidelines, scheduling and programming.

We’d like to ask that children under the age of eight be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible sibling when attending the library. Children under 13 not accompanied by an adult will be asked to leave the library at 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and at 5:00 pm on Saturdays.

The Library Board has revisited and revised the Cordova Public Library Policies to limit access to the internet to ages 13 and above.

After-School Art Classes will continue every Friday under the masterful and artistic eye of Paula Payne. On Tuesdays,  Wednesdays, and Thursdays we will have other activities for children during the after-school time period.

The Cordova Public Library looks forward to serving the community for many years to come while still in our current facility and especially in our new library in the Cordova Center.

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