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“Pages of the Past: Aurora's Library System”

“Pages of the Past: Aurora's Library System” exhibit opens at the Aurora History Museum
Posted on 12/14/2023
Exhibit frames at Aurora History Museum

The Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites is excited to announce a new exhibit, “Pages of the Past: Aurora's Library System.” The exhibit opened its doors Dec. 12, and will remain open to the public until March 3, 2024. “Pages of the Past: Aurora's Library System” is a unique opportunity to delve into the rich history of Aurora and explore the profound impact of libraries in shaping communities.

Libraries serve as centers for learning and education and foster community engagement and social connections. The city of Aurora’s library system has a storied past that mirrors the city’s growth and changing demographics. Learn how the Aurora Public Library developed from a one-room library in Sarah Wood’s home in North Aurora to a thriving seven-library system serving the third-largest city in the state of Colorado.

“It is fascinating to see how our library system has grown over the last 95 years to become a trusted resource for every age and ability, including all language speakers in the community. During the rapid growth of our city in the mid-20th century, Aurora continued to invest in our citizens’ access to education, and this exhibit explores that history,” said T. Scott Williams, museum director. “Each library built in our city has its own story to tell; from neighborhood fixtures like the Mission Viejo Library to the historically significant Hornbein Building, Aurora Landmark #20 – for many Aurorans, their local library is a place to gather, learn and build community.”

“Pages of the Past: Aurora's Library System” showcases historic photography from the museum and library archives, profiles of prominent librarians throughout the years and a reading corner with a little library inspired by the museum’s 1913 Trolley Trailer No. 610.

Learn more about the history of the Aurora Public Library and dive into the “Pages of the Past” at

About the Aurora History Museum

The Aurora History Museum opened in 1979. In 1990, it moved to its present location, reopened in 1991 and became a part of the city of Aurora Cultural Services Division, the largest single provider of arts and culture programs in Aurora. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. To stay up to date on related programming, call 303.739.6660 or visit

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