An open house on Sunday, September 24, 1967 was the culmination of 2 years of hard work and determination by a group of Huntsville citizens united as Friends for a Huntsville Public Library. Over 1600 held membership in this organization which successfully mounted a campaign to obtain state matching funds to build a 7,000 square foot facility which exists today as the Huntsville Public Library. The opening of a public library for Huntsville was a dream come true for those who worked so diligently founding Friends for a Huntsville Public Library. The Temporary Board for Building and Planning appointed by Huntsville City Council was comprised of
  • Dr. Mac Woodward, Chairman
  • Mrs. Gloria Pickett, Drive Chairman, Friends
  • Gerry Taylor, Technical Adviser
  • C. E. Allen
  • A. J. Beckham
  • Mrs. Don Reid
  • Ed Sandhop
  • Mrs. Helen Wheat
1st Library Board
Langwith, Wilson and King were the architects for the facility to house Huntsville's 1st public library at 1216 14th Street. Huntsville Public Library's 1st librarian was Linda Olsen Peters. She organized the initial collection and excelled at promoting the library's services to the community. She resigned in 1970 to continue her education and was replaced by Linda Landtroop.

Mrs. Linda Landtroop was at the helm for approximately 1 year before resigning to rejoin her husband who had just completed his military service overseas. In 1971 Judy Hunter was hired as librarian and remained at that position until she retired in 2003. Linda Dodson was hired as librarian to replace Mrs. Hunter and remains in that position today.

New Facility
In 2009, the feasibility committee, with the support of City Manager Bill Baine, recommended to City Council the development of a preliminary design for a larger facility. On November 4 of that year, over 80% of Huntsville voters approved funding to renovate and expand the library. The $3.5 million bond will more than triple the size of the current building, increasing the square footage to 22,000.

Other benefits of the expansion include a dedicated teen space, study rooms, a community room, space for a larger collection, more seating, and additional parking.