Chelsea Public Library
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The Chelsea Public Library opened its doors on February 6, 2001 as a branch of the Harrison Regional Library. We were located in the upstairs meeting room of the 1st National Bank of Shelby County for 4 years. In August of 2004 we moved the first floor of Chelsea City Hall.
We remained a branch of Harrison Regional Library until Fiscal year 2009. We then became a municipal library. We remained in the Chelsea City Hall until June of 2011 when we moved to a grey house across the parking lot of City Hall. This was the first stand-alone building we were in. It was also known as the Crane House – the oldest occupied building in the City of Chelsea. We remained in the grey house until we moved to our current location at 16623 Hwy 280 – the place where we started. This time we have the whole building not just a room upstairs. We moved here in 2018 and look forward to several years here.
The library currently has a collection of over 30,000 items. . Our collection includes books for children, young adults and adults, magazines, Audio books on CD, Launchpads (preloaded tablets), DVDs, hot spots, ROKUS, Reader Pens, e-books, e-audio, e-magazines, and more.
We have 8 public access computers and Chromebooks available for use. Our Wi-Fi is available 24/7.
Our programming has grown to include not only Storytime for toddlers but two book clubs, homeschool hangout, coding club, and an awesome summer reading program.
We serve a city population of approximately 14,500 plus surrounding unincorporated areas. Dana Polk, our library director has been with the library since it opened in 2001.