By 1919, the women of Odessa were already sponsoring fundraising events for a county library. Thirteen years later, under the direction of Miss Bertha King, the American Legion Auxiliary got behind the project and things really started happening.
By 1938 the Commissioners voted to convert the old jailhouse into the County Library. Despite the fact that they gave no money to purchase books, by the end of the first year of operation, the Ector County Library had over 1000 books, 38 subscriptions to periodicals and a circulation of 4,438.
In 1998, Aug. 19, the Ector County Library celebrated it's 60 Anniversary.
Courtesy, Permian Historical Society Collection,.