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Orland Free Library

Stop by and say hello!

Hours of operation:
Monday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 333 Mill Street, Orland CA, 95963
Phone: (530) 865-1640

Our History

“Soon after establishing a reading room in the Bane building in Orland in 1911, the Women’s Improvement Club began measures to secure a Carnegie grant to build a library building. On April 9th, 1913 the Women’s improvement Club made its first payment of $600 to Mr. Clark for lots for the library site. A total of $1,000 was raised through various fund raising events held by the club and the land was deeded to the Town of Orland when final payment was made April 10th 1914. The city bonded itself for the purchase of the remainder of the block, resulting in the creation of Library Park. With Assistance of local citizens, their teams and wagons, the library plot was made ready and the basement dug. An $8,000 Carnegie grants was awarded to the Town pf Orland May 5th, 1919. Construction was began and the library opened to the public in December 1919. In 1971 a new library building, built through community efforts, spearheaded by the Orland Women’s Improvement Club replaced the out-grown Carnegie Building. It should be noted that in May of 1971 Orland also dedicated a new library after four years of work on the part of members of the Orland Women’s Improvement Club, city and county officials and various organizations and individuals. Mr. C. K. Price was master of ceremonies. A band made up of elementary and high school students played the National Anthem. Councilman Louis Johnson, Jr. led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Mayor George Edwards made the dedication address. A California Bear Flag was presented by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and an American flag by the Orland Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Brief remarks were made by Mrs. Fred Ely, Chairman of the Library Board, and by William C. Reimers, Supervisor. The Women’s Improvement Club arranged for the Open House reception which followed the program. A special guest was Tom Van Roekel who worked as a carpenter on the construction of the Old Carnegie Library building after returning home from service in the army during World War I.”

Information courtesy of the 1973 Wagon Wheels