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McDowell County Public Library

McDowell Public Library
Street Address: 90 Howard St.
Mailing Address: 90 Howard St.
City: Welch
Zip: 24801-8079
Phone Number: 304-436-3070
Fax Number: 304-436-8079
Web Address:
Director: Barbara Fields, Acting Director
History: The first library in Welch was established by the McDowell Women’s Club in 1936 - with a total of 36 books. A second library opened in 1954 in the Welch Masonic Building before a new library was constructed in 1955. However, this building, along with the Welch City Hall and fire station, was destroyed in a devastating fire in the summer of 1979. Ground was broken on a new facility in 1981, and the new McDowell County library opened for business in July of 1982. Today, the McDowell County Library system operates 4 branches in Bradshaw, Iaeger, Northfork, and War, serving over 21,000 residents in McDowell County.