In 1896 the Arl. Hts. Woman's Club decided that a public library was needed and they started one in the home of Miss Effie and Miss Lucy Shepard at 310 N. Dunton Ave. (Very close to the current library location) The library contained only 150 books and was open two days a week. The library was then moved to a room in a school building on St. James St. where it remained for eighteen years.
In 1926 it became and official public library. In 1952 an 8,000 sq ft building was constructed at 112 N. Belmont Ave. for the library. This was also when the library was dedicated to the memory of the service men and women of the community and "Memorial" became part of the name. The library grew very quickly and they needed more space. Many of the library's items were being stored elsewhere.
In June of 1968 a new building was built at 500 N. Dunton Ave. (the current location) with a federal grant.
" I really like the library because I can get any book I want to read and has a really great kids world. The library has lots of information when you want to learn about something. It also has good games and movies too. I also really like the bookmobile!"