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Library History

Monday-Tuesday, 11:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday, Noon-5:00pm

300 Fourth St.
Spencer, NC 28159


Beverly McCraw
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The Spencer Town Library, located at 300 Fourth St. in the former Spencer Elementary School building, is independently funded by the town of Spencer and is not a branch of Rowan Public Library. Wi-Fi is available.

Library Cards

Library cards are available to persons 18 or older and to children, with signature of parent or guardian. A photo ID with address is required, along with phone number and email address.

Patrons may check out five items at a time and keep the materials for two weeks. You may renew by calling or coming into the library. No overdue fines are charged; however, if books are not returned within 30 days of due date, check-out privileges may be suspended for a time.

We order books periodically and would like to know which new books, bestsellers, genres, and authors you would like to see in the library.  Please give us a call at 704-636-9072 during library hours to let us know what you prefer.

Special Events

Special events for children and adults are planned regularly. Please check our Facebook for schedules.


We are always grateful for donations of books, cardstock, children’s craft items, and various and sundry library essentials; however, we request kindly that you do not deposit these donations outside our door or in the mailbox.

Books and DVDs, received as donations, are available for check-out.

Library History

The library dates to 1943, when it was located in the Spencer High School basement. The library outgrew its one-room space, and in 1956, plans were made for a new library building. At this time, the library was considered a branch of Rowan Public Library and received books from the main library in Salisbury. Instead of new construction, the library moved to the former Spencer Elementary School building on Jan. 18, 1959. Mrs. James Cooper was the head librarian at that time. The library has served the community at this location for more than 60 years.

The library’s history section includes photos of Spencer students and graduating seniors from the 1930s and ’40s, as well as cheerleading and football team trophies. A watchmaker’s  desk, donated by Debbie Barnhardt, recalls the years when a watchmaker’s school for disabled adults was located in Spencer in 1929-1968. At its opening, it was one of five schools of watch repair in the U.S. The school was operated by C.E. Kneeburg and was affiliated with N.C. Vocational Rehabilitation. By the time of its closing, more than 1,300 students had been trained. Framed newspaper articles describe this part of Spencer’s history.