Ector County Library celebrating 85 years

The Ector County Library, 321 West 5th Street, will celebrate 85 years starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, with cake, music and other festivities in the library lobby. There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale in the basement from 3 to 6 p.m.

Back on August 1, 1938, the Ector County Library was founded at its original address at the old jail on the northeast corner of the courthouse square with 800 donated books. Within one year, the collection tripled and a children’s section was added.

Today, the Ector County Library is free and open to the public, serves all ages, has an extensive collection of 200,000 print books, over 20,000 e-books, nearly 100 databases and serves a population of over 160,000 people locally and regionally.