Our Mission and History

Clive Public Library Mission Statement:
The Clive Public Library will inspire and support lifelong learning in a welcoming environment.

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Above are original drawings from the 1999 plans.

Library History:
When you think of the institution of a library, you may assume it has always been there, but until a group of dedicated individuals took action, Clive citizens were contracting with other area libraries to use services. The Clive Public Library was established in 1998 when this group of people decided that Clive needed a library of its own. These committed individuals had to convince the citizens of Clive that their vision of a library was necessary. Due to their hard work, a library referendum was held and passed in November of 1998, and construction on what became the Clive Public Library began in 1999. The first librarian, Vicki Hibbert, was hired in 1999, thus beginning the process of employment and filling the shelves you peruse today.  Without the hard work of those first few, the library you know would not be here today! With the help of our first Library Board: Ronni F. Begleiter, Kay M Elliott, Crystal N. Faux, Marlene Reynolds, Stephanie F. VanLier Pettit, Dennis T. Walker, Vicki Waters, Connie Klug and Council Members: Les Aasheim, Elaine Barry, John Edwards, Kip Headely, Darlene Stanton, Kelly Johnson, Mayor Robert Brownell, the citizens of Clive elected to open their first library.

The Clive Public Library opened its doors to the public on October 2, 2000, with approximately 14,000 items available for checkout. However, the library staff was here for three months before we opened. When staff first arrived the library was an empty shell of rooms: no shelves, no books and no supplies. The first staff had to start from the ground beginning by ordering pencils and other office supplies they would need before they were able to even start tackling shelving and computers. 

Pictures of the original library interior below.
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In 2000, the library circulated VHS tapes, cassettes, and even had a typewriter in our technology room. Now we have DVD and Blu-ray discs and books on CD. We also have more of our patrons downloading eBooks and eAudios for their reading and listening pleasure. When we opened our doors everything we checked out was able to be housed under our own roof, now many of the things our patrons “check out” are technically not under our roof. Downloading eBooks and eAudios are as much a part of our circulation as any physical book checked out.

The library’s programming has moved from exclusively children’s to adding more adult and teen programming. The numbers for our programming increase every year and we can only anticipate them increasing further. The library currently holds 7 book clubs including mystery, bucket list, adult, and more. We are continuously offering more community outreach to be able to meet needs wherever they may be. We go everywhere, from schools to talk about the summer reading program and daycares to do story times, to retirement homes to do book clubs, offer improv and tech tutor programs, as well as taking books for participants to check out.

In 2016, after 17 years, the library got a new look: changing the carpet and our shelving configuration, moving the young adult to its own room, moving the tech room and adding study rooms in 2017, and a new circulation desk in November 2018.  Through it all, our patrons have been patient and encouraging. 

20th Anniversary Celebration:
We celebrated our 20th anniversary in October of 2020. Although the pandemic made celebrating a bit of a challenge, we hope our patrons know that we continue to value their support and dedication to our beloved library. Here's to 20 more years!

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