The Hibbing Public Library was built in 1953 and has been providing service ever since, now even through the arrowhead system. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have many programs for all ages. These include: summer and winter reading programs, A Great Book Discussion Group, and Weekly Story Time and Toddler Time. The library also holds a large Bob Dylan Collection/Exhibit, where they get visitors from all over including people from Japan, Australia, England, and across the U.S. The library users can access their account 24/7 at www.hibbing.lib.mn.us and can even follow them on twitter.¹
The library has come a long way since it first started out in North Hibbing as a Carnegie funded library. The old library was built in 1908, which was designed by J.J. Wangenstein. The library today still has many original paintings and artifacts from the old library. These paintings are from 1919 when the town voted on an assortment of American paintings from a Chicago art dealer. The Library Board tallied the votes and chose the winners. One of the favorites was Halt On The Carry by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. These paintings were expensive then and are said to be worth much more now, although how much is unknown.²
The town began moving in the 1920’s, but this process took many years to complete. Hibbing moved a few miles South because of the greatly needed iron ore deposits that was below the town’s surface.³ The old library was the last remaining building in North Hibbing that was owned by the village when it was torn down in 1954.(4)
1 Hibbing Public Library Brochure. December 2010.
2 Interview With Nancy Riesgraf . Reference and Technical Service Librarian. December 2010.
3 City Of Hibbing (2010). Tourism and History. www.hibbing.mn.us
4 Interview With Nancy Riesgraf .