- To nurture the love of reading in all ages.
- To be a resource center for the community by supplying a wide variety of informative materials.
- To be a center of culture for the community.
- To provide a pleasant library experience for persons of all ages.
- To keep up with the public's demands for technology by providing computers and on-line services for its patrons.
In pursuing this mission, the Mercer Public Library helps to promote the love of reading, educate and improve literacy and provide an inviting place for patrons using the library.
The Mercer Public Library is dedicated to the citizens of Mercer and its friends, in honor of all that they have accomplished these many years through their foresight and with their generosity.
Mercer Public Library Board of Directors
November 29, 1997
In the Mid 1930's, a group of women organized to form the Mercer Civic Women's Club. These ambitious ladies made many contributions to the community. Among the most noted of their achievements was the opening of the Mercer Public Library in the newly opened community center. Through the diligent efforts of these women the library was opened in the fall of 1938. They sent out requests for books and received donations from as far away as Chicago, Illinois. Neighbors to the north from Ashland and Hurley also donated many books.
By the end of 1939 there were approximately 600 books in the Library. By September of 1941, the library was open for 21 days a month for a total of 132 hours.