Our mission

The Augusta Public Library, a tax-supported institution, is a service-oriented facility striving to accommodate the informational, recreational, and educational needs of patrons in Augusta and surrounding areas. The library shall actively encourage the use of its resources by patrons of all ages and backgrounds.


Rumor has it that one of the first libraries in Butler County was organized in Augusta by Mary Ellen Haines. A glass-fronted walnut bookcase housed seventy-five of Mary Ellen's books.

The bookcase travelled through local homes and businesses into the early 1900s when the Outlook Club decided to look for a permanent residence for the library. Each member bought a book annually to expand the collection and they raised funds in the community. Through the efforts and campaigning the citizens of Augusta voted for a tax-supported library

From a travelling bookcase of seventy-five books, the library has grown to a collection of over 30,000 items.

Board of Trustees

Mike Cannady

Board President

Tonie Apel

Jill Bostwick

Paige Cocke

Robin Crawford

Ben Parrish

Christy Watkins