The bookmobile stop in Hinton in Summers County was one of the busiest on the Flying Book Express and even before the bookmobile was scheduled to stop services to the County, plans were underway for a permanent facility. A board of trustees was appointed by the Summers County Commission in 1976 and a library was opened in a rented building in August of 1977. In 1982, a local citizen purchased and donated an old bank building situated in the town of Hinton to the Summers County Public Library Board. By combining funds raised locally with State and Federal resources, this 1921 building was renovated and the Library was dedicated in 1984.
The installation of an elevator and the renovation of the top floor that was completed in 2010 doubled the useable space. The adult fiction was moved to the mezzanine. The third floor is now home to the Library’s award winning Adult Basic Education Program, LAMP. It also houses the SPOKES program classroom and office, as well as a break & meeting room and archives. The Library has parking in the city lot across the street and is handicapped accessible on all three floors.
In 2019 the Library purchased a brand new bookmobile built by Matthews Specialty Vehicles. This would not have been possible without the generous support of our community, the hard work of the Friends of the Library, and grants from the USDA and the D.K. Cales Foundation. Thank you!