Our History

Wellman Scofield Public Library has been serving Wellman and the surrounding communities for over 100 years. Originally founded in 1908 by a large donation of books from the estate of Hiram Scofield, a Civil War general with one of the largest private library collections in the nation at the time, the library began as a small, private library serving community members with paid memberships.

In 1917, the Wellman Scofield Library officially became a public library, opening it’s doors to Wellman residents and those of the surrounding communities.

In the years since, the library has gone through many changes; in locations, many wonderful directors, and an ever-growing collection of books that still includes many of the original donations by Scofield. We are eager to serve our community and look forward to expanding our library in the next few years.

As has happened throughout the years, our growing literary collection and the growth in our programming has us full to the brim in our current location. Our library expansion project is set to almost double our current space so we can continue to grow and serve the Wellman community.

Want to learn more about the history of our library? Check out a more detailed history here.