In 1989 the Library received a one million dollar endowment from the estate of former Library Board member Bernard Jacobson. Mr. Jacobson served as a Board member from October 1964 to June 1986. The interest from this endowment is used to purchase library materials. We are indebted to the thousands of Library users over the years who have donated and continue to donate funds for library materials in honor of an individual or occasion or in memory of a loved one.
The major development in the 1980's was the automation of the circulation and cataloging functions of the library. Planning began in 1983 and in July 1985 the on-line circulation of materials was begun. In 1988 card catalogs were removed and the public catalog was made available on-line. This was a major step forward in making the entire library system's collection available to all citizens of the County. As a result there has been a significant increase in the interchange of materials amongst the various public libraries in Kanawha County.
In 1990 the Library's Board of Directors approved the Library's first Long Range Plan. As a result of this Plan a study was made of the library system's facilities and a twenty year plan to improve the space available to serve the public was approved by the Board of Directors in January 1993.