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History of the Library

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Transylvania County Library

The Transylvania County Library opened in its present location at 212 South Gaston Street on May 15, 2006.  The new library has 35,000 square feet of space and a variety of features including a community meeting room; local history room;  public computing and wifi; a teen area; popular materials and a spacious children’s area.

The Transylvania County Library was founded in 1912 by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The library’s collection began with the gift of 300 books willed to the city of Brevard by W. Lowndes Hume, the son of Robert W. Hume, a Confederate veteran and prominent Charlestonian. The original library building was purchased by the U.D.C. at public auction and had been constructed as the club house of a failed development called the Appalachian Club Estates. The small green frame structure stood immediately east of the Courthouse, on property owned by the County. In 1956, the brick building beside the Courthouse which now houses the

Old Library

County’s Administrative Offices, was erected as a new library and the little green “cottage” was demolished.

The Transylvania County Library moved to the corner of South Broad and Morgan streets in 1974. Constructed in 1940, and dedicated as a United States Post Office in 1941, this building is a typical example of WPA civic architecture. The building’s heritage is also reflected in the Pietro Lazzari mural “Good News” which depicts a rural mountain scene and the arrival of the postman. Substantial renovation took place to make the building ready for library service, including the addition of the north end. The Children’s Department and the Sarah Keels Tilson Historical Room were dedicated in 1986.