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 About Your Library


Welcome to the Carver County Library
To find out more about your library’s mission, governance, budget, materials, and policies, click on any of the following links:


Our present libraries have deep roots in the history of Carver County.
Here are some highlights of our journey:
On March 3, 1855, the Minnesota Territorial Legislature organized Carver County with a population of 352. The Villages of Chaska, Carver, and San Francisco were founded prior to Carver County.
The Village of Watertown was founded in 1856.
The Village of Young America was founded in 1856.
The Village of Waconia was founded in 1857.
On Statehood Day in 1858, the Townships of Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver, San Francisco, Laketown, Benton, and Farmington were organized. Farmington was renamed Florence and then the name was changed again to Young America.
In Carver, a group of German immigrants organized the Carver County Deutscher Leseverein Bibliothek, or German Reading Society library, in 1858. The county's population was 3117.
A number of communities established public libraries between 1920 and 1940. In 1923, the Chaska Public Library is founded and opens in the city hall building. Waconia establishes a public library in 1935 and Watertown opens theirs in 1939.
Carver County's population in 1920 was 16,946; in 1930 it was 16,936, and in 1940, the population was 17,606.
The county's population grew from 18,155 residents in 1950 to 28,331 residents in 1970.
In the '70s, the beginnings of suburbanization were being felt. Newspapers noted the "urban-rural split" over numerous issues including libraries, parks, and schools.
Prince opened his Chanhassen recording studio, Paisley Park, in 1987.
In 1975, the Carver County Commissioners allocated funds for a new county library system. The Young America branch opened in 1975 and the Chanhassen branch opened in 1979. The Carver County population in 1980 was 37,046.
Due to county growth, all of the library branches grew between 1995 and 2005. By 2004,  Carver County's population was 81,618 and visits to the library system exceeded 500,000 people annually.
In 2010, Carver County's population was 91,042, with 600,750 visits to our libraries and 1,115,107 items circulated.
In 2011, Carver County opened award-winning express libraries in the growing cities of Victoria and Cologne.  There were 584,998 visits to the Library in 2011.  Circulation was 1,113,616.

In 2012, Carver County Library checked out 1,077,983 items.  Most popular books of 2012 were Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney and the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  The most popular DVDs were The Help, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris and Downton Abby season 1.   The Mayer Express Library opened in 2012. 
The story continues....