About The Library

The Parma Public Library is proud to have rendered continuous library service to the residents of the Hilton-Parma community since about the year 1885. It was at this time that Parma's first library was housed in the drug store by Dr. S. Holman. Known as the Farmer's Library it had about 100 books. This collection was sold at public auction to Mr. O. P. Curtis, who established a loan library - the start of the library as we know it today.

On April 22, 1893, the North Parma Farmer's Library opened its doors in the Wright Flat Iron Building. The library had a collection of 301 volumes, and circulated 40 books on the first day. It served only residents of the Village of Hilton and in 1896 it became known as the Hilton Public Library. In 1968, it became the financial responsibility of the Town of Parma and was officially named the Parma Public Library.

In 1965, the Village Hall, in which the library was located, was destroyed in the fire that burned half of Hilton's business district. Many volumes were lost to smoke and water damage. The library relocated to the West Avenue School, and then to Main Street.

A new library building was constructed in 1977 at its present location at 7 West Avenue in the Village of Hilton.

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