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Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library

The history of the library since 1907 has been one of continuous expansion. Its affairs are managed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council. Dr. J. H. Ott was the first president of the Board and H. T. Eberle the first secretary. Miss Betty Faber has been head librarian since 1940, more than half the years the new library has been in existence. The building that seemed to be spacious when it housed a collection of only a few thousand books is now overcrowded with 57, 000 books and nearly 9, 000 pamphlets. Cole Memorial Hall, added in 1931, provided comparatively little library space.