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Beck-Bookman Library

420 West 4th Street

History :

Established by a group of young women in 1897, Holton's Beck-Bookman Library continues a strong tradition of community service. Founded by members of the all volunteer Bookman Club, the library now operates as a vital and vibrant hub of the community.

From a child's first picture book to accessing the World Wide Web, Beck-Bookman Library provides an invaluable resource to community members of all ages. An extensive collection (books, periodicals, large print books, books on tape/CD and videos/DVD's) are available in a comfortable, modern and fully accessible setting.

With a bequest from the Jesse Bender Family and a generous trust from
Edward S. Beck, former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, the current library facility was built and occupied in 1952. The library is named in honor of the memory of Major and Mrs. M. M. Beck, pioneer residents of the town, and the Bookman Club. The children's room is the named The Bender Room in honor of the Bender Family. An addition was built in 1995 and a new circulation desk and computer stations were added in December of 2004. The library now houses a collection of 30,200 materials.

Mission Statement :

The library is supported by municipal, county, and state funding as well as charitable gifts and trusts. It is governed by a seven-member board; administrative functions are directed by the library.


Kezia Anderson

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Everyone's helpful. If they don't have it they can get it fairly quickly too

Summer Lane - Giles

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Their genuinely kind and helpful staff that I have had when I've gone in there has a way of making your needs easily met and so quickly as compared to many other libraries I've gone to in recent years. I'd say it's one of the Best in this five county area if my opinion amounts to Keep up the great work Ladies, you make it pleasurable again to do to the library.

Beck-Bookman Library is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media