The Mansfield Public Library was a part of the community even before there was physically a library. People checked out books from stores, doctors’ offices and other city buildings. That was all done under the watchful eye of Ida Nichols, the city’s first librarian who served from 1929 until her death in 1960. The library collection was eventually moved to Memorial Hall in the early 1930s. It wasn’t until 1956 that the library became an official city service of Mansfield. It was included in the city budget and was given space in the newly constructed City Hall.