The tenth anniversary of the opening of the renovated and expanded Orange Public Library & History Center will be celebrated this year. Dedicated on April 21, 2007, the new library building marked a continued commitment to serving the community. The anniversary will be celebrated by looking back through the decades of Library history.
First established as the Orange Public Library Association in 1885, the Library consisted of 300 volumes donated by Robert E. Tener, then Orange Postmaster. The collection was housed at the Orange Hotel located in the plaza. The popular and growing collection of the Library Association was then donated to the City and the Orange Free Library was established in 1894. In 1905 construction began on a Carnegie library building, which opened to serve the community in 1908.
A library building has continued to reside at the same location, East Chapman Avenue, since then. The Library has undergone a variety of changes over the years. The Carnegie library building was replaced by a larger, more modern building in 1961. It then underwent extensive renovation and remodeling in 1999. These changes in the building reflected the growing needs of the Orange community. Shortly after the 1999 remodel, the library obtained a $9.13 million Library Bond Act for a new library project. The new Spanish Colonial Revival building was opened in 2007.