Madison County Public Library’s History
The Madison County Public Library Board of Trustees was established in November 1987 by a vote of the Fiscal Court of Madison County, with Judge Harold Botner casting the deciding vote. From its opening day in April 1988, to the present, the library’s facilities have changed and grown over the years. The renovated Berea location opened in 2007, and the current Bookmobile was purchased and outfitted in 2008. MCPL expanded its countywide service points through the addition of three “Library on the Go” locations in 2010, 2011, and 2012. At these locations, situated out in the county, customers can return books and pick up holds.
In August 2019, the newly renovated Richmond location opened its doors. The almost 20,000 square foot, three story addition to the existing building features community meeting spaces, staff offices, a Friend’s Book Sale room, Digital Lab and Makerspace, quiet study rooms, a sun room, teen space, Kentucky Room, expanded service points and stack spaces.
In striving for public service excellence, the Madison County Public Library is a welcoming community center whose employees, resources, programs and services provide for the needs of our diverse community.