Welcome to the Van Buren Library

Van Buren Public Library
1409 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-474-6045
Mon. - Thurs.  8:30 - 7:00
Fri. - Sat.  8:30 - 5:30
Sun.  1:00 - 4:00

Branch Director
Danalene Porter
Children's Librarian
Yuvonka Tapp

The Van Buren Library dates back to 1899 when the Womenís Literary Club established a shelf of books in a side room of the Crawford County Bank. Later, the bookcases were moved to Mr. Ingramís store and the library was open 2 afternoons each week. It was then moved to a building on South 5th Street and stayed there for many years. Still later, the Friends of the Library purchased the Old Presbyterian church at 5th and Webster which lasted until the city built the building at 111 N. 12th St. On July 12th, 2005 an election was held to ask for a half cent sales tax to raise 1 million dollars. After winning this election and meeting with architects, it was decided that 1 million dollars was not enough to build a library that was big enough to meet the needs of the city. On July 11, 2006 another election was held to extend the half cent sales tax for 16 months. In September of 2007, construction started on the new library. In September, 2009, just weeks short of completion, a fire broke out in the new building and construction was halted until June 2010.  We moved into the new library in January, 2011, and our Grand Opening was February 13, 2011. 










We Want You to Be a Friend!
The mission of the Friends of the
Van Buren Public Library is to assist the library by:
  • Funding programs, materials and equipment
  • Promoting reading and literacy
  • Serving as advocates for continued library services for all
  • Volunteering
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 PM--all are welcome to attend.

Friends of the Library Membership Form
(Copy and paste this form into Microsoft Word)
Business/Organization (if applicable)_____________________
Address _______________________
City ________________ State _____ Zip Code _________
Email _________________________
Phone Number __________________
Donor Giving Levels:
__Student or Senior (60+) $5
__Individual $10
__Family $20
Benefactor Giving Levels:
__Bronze $50-99
__Silver $100-499
__Gold $500-999
__Platinum $1000+
Mail or bring to:
Van Buren Friends of the Library
1409 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
Your donation are tax deductible as the Friends are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Crawford County Friends of Genealogy
meet the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00
Booktalk is held the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00