The Brumback Library was built with funds bequeathed to Van Wert County residents by John Sanford Brumback, a former resident and early philanthropist of Van Wert. Mr. Brumback’s will directed that enough funds from his estate be devoted to the building and furnishing of a library as a gift to Van Wert County if the county would provide books and maintenance. The Brumback Library stands as the first county library formed in the United States. The cornerstone of the building was laid in 1899 with dedication on January 1, 1901. In 1991, a 10,500 square foot addition was added along with a complete renovation of the existing structure took place. The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Romanesque. With turreted towers and a Ludowici tile roof, the library is nestled amid the trees of the park where it is located. It contains an excellent Children’s Department that provides meaningful reading related activities for the youth of the area. The library’s total holdings, now numbering over 181,000 items, cover every imaginable topic and genre.
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