The mission of the Preble County District Library Administration Office is to provide a framework of centralized support for library branches and departments and its staff. The Office also provides centralized fiscal services.
450 S. Barron Street, Eaton, Ohio 45320
Phone: (937) 456-4250 Fax: (937) 456-6092
Houses the Preble County Room
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Preble County District Library was formed in 1959 with the consolidation of six small, independent libraries located in Camden, Eaton, Eldorado, New Paris, West Elkton and West Alexandria. That year the Campbellstown Library closed and turned their holdings over to the newly formed system. In 1961 the West Manchester Library Station became a branch. Mrs. Selma Dusenberry , former Eaton Librarian, became the first Library Director. Her office and the central book processing department was located in the Eaton Branch. The first year, the district's combined holdings was 39,550 volumes and the circulation totaled 64,036 books.
As all Ohio libraries, the PCDL is supported by a portion of the individual income tax. Monies are then distributed by the County Budget Commission among the three library districts in the county: PCDL, Brown Memorial Library (Lewisburg) and Marion Lawrence Library (Gratis).
Any resident of Ohio may obtain a library card and borrow materials at the Preble County District Library.
The library is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed alternately by the County Commissioners and the Common Pleas Court Judges. The seven member Board each serve a seven year term.
The Board of Trustees hire an executive director to administrate the library system. The directors include: Mrs. Selma Dusenberry 1959-1969; Mrs. Rebecca Wysong 1969-1981; Mrs. Susan H. Kendall 1981-2005; and Mrs. Abigail Noland 2005-
In 1990, the Preble County District Library began looking at options of expanding the building which houses the Eaton Branch Library and the District Office. Our needs included: enlarging the reference and children's departments, finding space for our growing Preble County Room, which houses the genealogy and local history collection of the library and the Preble County Historical Society, expanding the central book processing area, and finding space for needed, but little used, books and materials from our seven libraries.
After comparing the available options, the Board of Trustees decided to purchase the former Traditions Restaurant building, located six blocks south of the Eaton Library in October, 1995. Remodeling began that fall and the building opened for business in February, 1996.
Located at this location is the library administration, central book purchasing and processing, the Preble County Room, book storage and a public meeting room.