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Glidden Public Library


Welcome to the Glidden Public Library. The library is your one stop source for all of your informational needs. We have a large selection of books, magazines, and newspapers available to be checked out by our library card holders. Here you will also find news, announcements, and a calendar of upcoming library events!



Coming Soon!

Summer Reading Program for all ages!  

  • Materials may be pick up from the library beginning June 6th.
  • Minutes read/books don't start until June 13th!
  • Check out more information in our services tab under children or adult tab!

The History of Glidden's Library

From the early 1900's until 1924 a traveling library stopped in Glidden. Then, in 1924, Glidden's three study clubs, the Sorosis, Entre Nous, and Philomathion, joined together and started a town library. This group went on to combine their study clubs to form the Women's Club in 1925. Since the group had no funds to rent space, Junia Eaton offered an area in his furniture store for the new library. The Women's Club later purchased a property on West 3rd Street to house the library and for their meeting place. In 1952, at the request of the Women's Club, the city took over the library under State of Iowa guidelines. In 1953 the library moved into the basement of the City Hall and in 1964 moved across the street to the former Ratcliff building. By 2000, the need for additional space resulted in construction of a new library on the north side of the existing Municipal Building. See the library page for features of the Glidden Public Library as it operates today.