History of the Library
The Greenville-Butler County Library was opened in 1932 by the ladies of the Greenville Study Club and continued to provide library services for the community until 1969. At that time the Greenville City Council agreed to provide library service for the citizens of Greenville and assumed oversight of the existing library building and collection. In 1985, the City of Greenville and the Butler County Commission established a county-wide library Board of Trustees and created today’s library which serves all of Butler County.
In 1992 – thanks to the support and contributions of the citizens of Butler County – the library moved from its then-home on 101 Adams St. in Greenville to a new 12,000 square-foot facility at its current address on 309 Fort Dale Rd. The library has evolved from a book-only institution into a multifaceted facility proving recreational, research and daily living resources in a variety of formats. More than 15,000 residents hold library cards and many more from across Alabama attend library programs.
In 2011, the Camellia Pavilion – a unique outside open-air facility – was opened to the public. While also being used by the library to host numerous events, the facility is available for the public to rent. Countless individuals and organizations have utilized the Pavilion for everything from weddings and reunions, to dinner and birthday parties. A plaque is located on the Pavilion recognizing longtime library supporter and Board of Trustee, the late Fran Branum. Click here to learn more about the Pavilion.
In 2016, the interior of the GBCPL underwent an extensive renovation process. The new design, created by J.M. Lee & Associates of Dothan, made the library a more open and inviting facility for the public. The re-design included new carpet, LED lighting, paint, furniture and shelving, as well as a remodeling of the exterior main sign. All existing areas of the the library were renovated, including the main portions of the facility, the Community Room, the Alabama Room, Children’s Area, bathrooms, and workroom.
The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Library invite everyone in Butler County to visit and utilize the services of your public library.