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 Friday:  10 am to 8 pm
Saturday:  10 am to 5 pm
Sunday:  May - September 1 to 5 pm

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

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 five 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.

And from another aspect, due to low attendance the Cordova Public Library will be closing on Sundays beginning November 1st until the spring season.

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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