Our mission at the Camden Library, in partner with our other district locations, is to provide current information and entertainment to the people of this community by providing books, movies, and free Internet access computers.
104 S. Main Street, Camden, Ohio 45311
Phone: (937) 452-3142 Fax: (937) 452-7365
Monday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A public library was started in Camden in 1837, but there is no record of it again until 1877, when a circulation library was started in the Post Office. A book could be rented for 10 cents a week.
There is no record again until 1895, when a library was organized by the Philamathean Club. Club members took turns acting as librarians.
Beginning in 1913, the library was housed on the second floor of the Masonic Lodge Building. In 1928, it was moved downstairs into what is now the south side of the present library. Then, in 1960, the Post Office vacated the north side of the building. Two large openings were cut through the wall, and the two rooms joined to form the existing library space.
In 1959, the library helped form the Preble County District Library system. That year, the Camden Branch owned 7,705 books, and had a circulation of 5,953 items.
The library houses the Eleanor (Nell) I. Jones Archives, specializing in Camden, and Somers Township history and genealogy. The archives are available by appointment only.
Librarians include: Miss Lattie Ramsey 1906-1908; Miss Matilda Miller 1908-1923; Mrs. Bell Gilmore 1923-1938; Mrs. Elizabeth Miller 1938-1941; Miss Hettie Ward 1941-1959; Mrs. Margaret Miller 1960-1961; Miss Nell Jones 1961; Mrs. Edith DeCamp 1961-1974; Mrs. Yolonda Murphy 1974-1995; Ms. Norma Wilson 1995-1998; Mrs. Gloria Hyatt, 1998-2005; Mrs. Toni Keesler, 2005-