The Ellsworth Public Library was founded in 1936. It was established and maintained according to the ordinance. The first library was housed in a building on the east side of DeWitt Street. In 1965, a new building was built on the west side of the street. In 1986, an addition was built to the back of the library to contain Ellsworth’s history, memorabilia, and artifacts.


To learn more about Ellsworth as a whole visit History of Ellsworth.


Ellsworth Public Library strengthens community, supports literacy, provides access to information, and fosters lifelong learning and enrichment.


The Ellsworth Public Library will be a recognized source of knowledge and information, a place to gather and discuss, encourage reading and the leader in cooperation with the city, businesses and organizations. The library will be the gateway to life-long learning, offering a full spectrum of services, materials and programming.


  • Value the library as a community facility for open communication of ideas and information; its collection, displays, programs and services reflect an array of opinions and viewpoints. 
  • Value the community by actively participating in it and endeavoring to enhance the quality of its life.
  • Value full and equal access to information in all formats: print, electronic, audio and video.
  • Value our patrons by responding to them with equal, respectful, accurate and friendly service to all.
  • Value reading and learning and promote both for all ages.
  • Value privacy of our users by keeping their transactions confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law.