Nellie Pederson Civic Library

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About Us

Overview of library.

Who We Are

Nellie Pederson Civic Library is a public library located behind the Civic Center in Clifton, Texas.  The library is a service of the City of Clifton.  Founded by the Clifton Civic Improvement Society, the library continues to receive monetary support and volunteer services from the Society.  We offer a wide range of services to both the city (population 3440+) and unserved areas of Bosque County.

Our History

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library was founded by the Clifton Civic Improvement Society in 1952 and was named The Clifton Centennial Library.  The women of the Civic Society soon renamed their project for Nellie Partlow Pederson, long-time treasurer of the organization and much-loved member of the community.  The library was first housed in the basement of the old Clifton City Hall, later in a small room in the current Clifton Civic Center.                           

In 1999 the Clifton Civic Improvement Society began plans to build a new library, with a grant from the Clifton Economic Development Corporation for $42,000 and the donation of a lot owned by the city across the rear parking lot from the Civic Center.  Money was raised in the community to erect a steel building faced with stone.  Financial grants were used to furnish the building and, later, to supply the facility with computers and networking equipment.

The City of Clifton now manages and operates the library.  Additional input is provided by a Library Advisory Board, whose members include representatives of the City, the Society, and local residents.  

Our Vision

To incorporate yesterday's wisdom with today's knowledge to create tomorrow's dreams.

Our Mission 

To be the cornerstone of the community, providing information, resources, programs and services that will educate and enrich the lives of all generations.

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic
as the town library. 
The only entrance requirement
is interest. 

Lady Bird Johnson