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Your Town - Merrill: T.B. Scott Library

By: Erik Mrotek Email
By: Erik Mrotek Email

It's one of the oldest buildings in Your Town Merrill.
Inside, you'll find everything from Fiction to Non-Fiction, Computers to Cartography, helpful staff and history.

Lots of history.

It's the T.B. Scott library - and it's not just any library.

This is a Carnegie library - one of thousands paid for by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation all the way back in 1911

It's built in the Prairie School style - only about 3% of the Carnegie libraries were done this way.

Even fewer exist today.

Don Litzer is the assistant director of the library, and knows all of the history of this unique building. He says, "It was designed by an architect who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright."

But this wasn't Merrill's first library.

The original began back in 1886 when the city's first mayor - T.B. Scott - willed 10-thousand dollars for the establishment of a library.

It was in the old city hall until this building was built 20 years later in 1911.

Now, all these years later, it still continues to serve the public - always adapting to current needs and necessities.

The T.B. Scott library is a Wisconsin registered landmark.

It was also named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.


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