About Us


BCL-IMAG1756The Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County is located in the Arkansas Ozarks community of Mountain Home.  The Library offers educational and cultural programming and exhibits for all ages.  Our collection contains over 85,000 titles including downloadable ebooks and audio books, as well as an extensive downloadable music catalog.  The Library’s 35,500 square foot building features the Keeter-Dryer Children’s Library, a teen library, the Knox Community Meeting Rooms, a local history and genealogy collection, public computers, and WiFi.

Our Mission
To provide lifelong resources that educate, inspire, and entertain in a welcoming environment.

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Our History

1920’s Various volunteer organizations maintained a small Library collection for the people of Baxter County.
1930’s The 20th Century Club established a volunteer-run Library in the Baxter County Courthouse.
1940’s The local Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW Club) managed the volunteer-run Library, which eventually moved from the courthouse to Mountain Home City Hall.
1952 The BPW Club backed a successful campaign in which Baxter County voters approved a one-mill tax to support a county Library.
1953 The Baxter County Library officially opened in July 1953.
1964 The Library moved to a new, 3,166 square-foot building on Seventh Street. The building was constructed on government-donated land and financed with a federal grant and matching funds.
1969 A 1,000 square-foot addition was completed with the help from donations and another federal grant.
1983 A 4,800 square-foot addition was completed thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Baxter County Library, established three years earlier with a mission to supplement Library resources.
1988 – 1993 The library opened three branches, including the Gassville branch, which continues today and is completely staffed by volunteers.
1993 A 3,024 square-foot expansion of the Library was completed, financed by private donations and a federal grant.
1996 A fundraising campaign to “computerize the library” was initiated, and in 1998 Baxter County joined the Information Age with the addition of four public access computers and an integrated library software system.
2005 Realizing that if the library were to continue to grow, additional funds were always going to be needed, a small group established the Baxter County Library Foundation, a 501-C3 nonprofit whose mission is to support the Library.  The Foundation began working through a deliberate planning process for a new Library building.
2008 The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded a grant of $9.8 million to build, furnish and equipment a 35,500 square-foot Library. Construction began in March 2009 on a two-story building atop Library Hill in Mountain Home
2010 The Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County opened in September 2010.