- A subscription only library existed in Mentor in 1819. The public library began in 1903. It was located on Center and Nowlen Streets.
- A reading room in Fairport existed as early as 1895. Anne of Green Gables and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm were two of the collection's six books. The Fairport Public Library began in 1922.
- Willoughby-Eastlake had two book stations as early as 1900, one in Eastlake, the other in Willowick.
- A public library came to Wickliffe in 1936. Kirtland began its public library in 1937.
- Kindle began in 2007
- Nook began in 2009
- iPad began in 2010
- Borders in Mentor closed as of April 2011.
- In May 2011, Amazon reported that for the first time ever, they sold more Kindle e-books than print books.
The Morley Public Library
184 Phelps Street
The early origins of the Morley Public Library can be traced back to the local Woman's Christian Temperance Union. As early as 1878, a reading room and library existed. The first librarian Mary Dean died in 1898. Friends of Mary pushed her dream, which was a free public library. Groups donated books. The Village of Painesville provided tax refunds. Businessman Jesse Healy Morley bought the land and erected the library building. Named for his parents, the Morley Public Library opened in 1899. Julia Erwin served as the first librarian. Additions came in 1937, 1978 and again recently. From 1957-2009, a bookmobile service was offered. Its collection includes a community obituary index from the News-Herald and Painesville Telegraph dating back to 1822. Last year 342,870 visitors stopped in. Including books, CD's, DVD's and publications, over 689,694 items were circulated. On your next trip to a library, pause and reflect as you enter. Your visit is a part of the living history, the ties that bind days past with the present and future.