Meridian History

Meridian History Collection

In 2021 care of the Meridian History Collection transferred from the former Meridian Historical Society to the Meridian Library District. The materials are now part of our collection and are located at Meridian City Hall.

Please contact with your research or donation questions.

You may also leave a voicemail message at 208.888.4451 ext. 1023 and we will return your call.

Meridian History Center

The Meridian History Center at Meridian City Hall is open for self-guided visits from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. Please pardon our dust as we continue to update the exhibits and assess the archived documents, photographs, and artifacts in the collection. 

A local history room is planned for our Cherry Lane location when we renovate our building beginning in 2024.

Library History

MLD is an independent special district governed by an elected Board of Trustees. The Occident Club founded the original Meridian Library in 1924, and voters established the Meridian Free Library District in 1974. In 2024 we will celebrate 100 years of serving our community!

A traveling library was opened in Meridian at the Songer Pharmacy on September 12, 1924. The books were obtained from the State Traveling Library at Boise by the Occident Club of Meridian and the “latest and best books are included in each shipment.”

On March 25, 1925, they moved the books to the City Hall and in 1928 they were told that they needed to find a building to house the Library. By this time the Interurban Stage had ceased operation and the station became our first building for the purchase price of $1,205.00.

The Library was standardized in 1950 so that it became eligible for tax support and the Occident Club received a tax levy of $1 million for the library that same year.

It became obvious to the members of the Club that they could not continue to operate the Library with volunteers and the levy from the City. On August 27, 1974, the voters approved the establishment of the Meridian Free Library District; taxation for the library passed on August 26, 1975.

By 1995, the population of the District had grown significantly and the Board of Trustees decided that it was time for a bigger building. Voters overwhelmingly approved our $3.4 million bond and in 1997 our Cherry Lane location opened to the public. 

Our second location, Silverstone, opened in 2009 followed by unBound in 2015 and our Tiny Library in October 2018. You can read more about each of our locations on their landing pages.

In May 2019, Meridian voters passed a plant facility levy measure for $14 million to renovate, expand, and modernize our library. Follow the progress of our future locations on our projects page