Nesbitt Memorial Library


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About Us

The Nesbitt Memorial Library is the municipal library of the City of Columbus, Texas. It is named in honor of the family of Lee Quinn Nesbitt, who financed the construction of the building. The collection of the city's previous municipal library, the Mansfield Memorial Library, which was named in honor of Joseph Jefferson Mansfield, who provided the land for the building and its initial collection, was absorbed into that of the Nesbitt Memorial Library.

The Mansfield Memorial Library opened on March 2, 1948. The Nesbitt Memorial Library opened March 18, 1979. Less than a decade later, a major addition, paid for by Miss Nesbitt's estate, nearly doubled the size of the building, and added a special archival vault and Texas Room. The addition was formally opened on October 25, 1987.

Mission Statement: As it appears in 2001 Code, Section 38-3 of the Ordinances of the City of Columbus, ''The Nesbitt Memorial Library's mission is to encourage all of the citizens of the community to use the library by providing them with the highest quality library materials that meet their needs in a positive spirit of service under the budgetary specifications of the city.''

The library has three full time staff members. They are:
Director Susan Chandler
Assistant Librarian Susan Archuletta
Assistant Librarian Jessica Neath Commanda


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