Sioux City Library System
a University for Hundreds
Hundred thousand volumes of every class of
gives adequate facilities for education of all who desire it.
THE Sioux City library system consists of
the main library, which is located at Sixth and Jackson streets,
seven branches and three deposit statons. The branch libraries
are opened at certain hours during the day for the lending of
books in charge of one of the members from the general staff.
The deposit stations have a supply of books in charge of someone
who has assumed charge of the books. These are changed every few
days for a new supply.
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These branch libraries and the deposit stations prove of great
advantage to the people living too far away from the main library
to use it as they would like to. The deposit stations fill a like
place except that they are usually in places where the persons
who use them do so because they are handy, thus stimulating reading
The main library is now housed in a brick structure
erected in 1912, the gift of Andrew Carnegie. Previous to this
it had been in the City Building at Sixth and Douglas streets.
There is a public reading room, a reference room, children's room,
loan room, conference
rooms, offices of the staff, a museum and an auditorium
which is placed at the disposal of various organizations for meetings.
There is 8,000 feet of shelves of books in this building.
The reading room is supplied with over 400 magazines and newspapers,
over 300 of which are kept from year to year in bound volumes
for reference. This is one of the most popular rooms in the library,
many people dropping in to spend a few hours without even registering.
Perhaps many a valuable hour is spent there that might otherwise
be spent on the streets loafing or in some underisable environment.
The reference room contains over 1,500 volumes which are for
use in the building. These include such works as encyclopedias,
dictionaries, bound magazines, history sets, handbooks, rand other
works of this nature. Three general encyclopedias as well as numerous
others on such subjects as religion, art, medicine and others
are to be found here. This room is used extensively by college
and school children who are getting additional data on their particular
The adult department contains about 40,000 volumes which may
be borrowed. There is a pamphlet collection of 4,000 and a collection
of government documents numbering over 7,000 which are available
to the public.
Among some of the popular series in this department are the Harvard
Classics, Alexander Hamilton Institute books, LaSalle Extension
University books and the International Correspondence Schools
series. These books alone would make a library from which a man
could obtain a liberal education for himself.
The children's room contains over 5,000 books for children. This
room is equipped with small sized chairs, tables and desks for
the comfort of the little ones who use it. Librarians are in charge
of this department who understand the needs of children and who
can advise parents on what the children should read and the order
in which they should read. There are also pictures and magazines
especially for children in this room.
One of the greatest and most important advances in library work
within the last few years is the library hospital service. This
plan originated in Sioux City and has spread all over the country.
The plan is an outgrowth of the war when thousands of books were
loaned to the sick and wounded in camps. A collection of several
hundred books has been placed in each of the seven hospitals of
the city, the county home and the county jail. The hospital library
has charge of these, going from one hospital to another seeing
that new books are furnished as needed.
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The West Hotel
Modern Hotels Help Make Sioux
City a Convention City
From thirty to fifty conventions entertained
in the city every year-many of national importance.
EVERY year Sioux City is becoming a bigger convention city with
from 30 to 50 annually, varying in size from a small conference
to conventions with 2,000 attendance. The three controlling factors
of a convention city are hotels, meeting halls and railroad facilities.
Without all of these no city can even hope to get a convention
of any importance.
Sioux City has available over 2,000 modern hotel rooms, and in
emergencies has housed many more people. In addition to five first
class and modern in every respect hotels, there are numerous smaller
hotels with lower rates but excellent service and accommodations.
These smaller places play their part in any large convention.
The Martin, West, Jackson, Chicago House and Howard are hotels
that have stood back of conventions here for many years. They
have made special arrangements to handle crowds when necessary.
For smaller conventions the spacious ballroom of the Martin,
the quarters of the Chamber of Commerce and other club rooms offer
ideal meeting places. The hotels, clubs, churches and restaurants
join hands when a large convention is in session and .take a share
of the responsibility of feeding and housing the delegates. The
Auditorium was built several years ago for public meetings and
conventions of various kinds. It has a seating capacity of 1,700
and is ideally located in the business part of the city for conventions.
The Chamber of Commerce is greatly interested in conventions
and makes an effort to get any convention of which it has a chance
and of which local organizations are interested. The city is wonderfully
located for conventions, embodying the three surrounding states
or the entire northwestern territory. Train service to various
portions of this section of the country is good and attendance
is usually excellent. Such organizations as the Tri-State Editorial
Association find it convenient to hold their meetings in Sioux
City annually. The membership comes from Iowa, Nebraska and South
Dakota. All are within easy reach of Sioux City.
Sioux City is noted for her hospitality and her treatment of
convention delegates. These things, coupled with the fact that
it is an interesting city with numerous interesting things to
see, makes it a city where people want to come.
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Security Bank Bldg.
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Woodbury County Court House
W. L. Steele, Architect
Sioux City Office Buildings Make Towering Skyline
Well trained and skilled professional men help
fill the giant office
buildings which contain modernly equipped offices
IN the daily life of any city, the professional
men play an important part. Sioux City has become the center of
medical practice for the territory. With her ample hospitals,
trained doctors and dentists, many of whom are nationally and
state known specialists, and well equipped laboratories, Sioux
City gives medical attention to hundreds of thousands of people.
There are over 100 physicians and surgeons practicing in the city.
They come from medical schools and clinic hospitals in all parts
of the world. Their skill is shown by the fact that people suffering
with ailments come from hundreds of miles for treatment. That
Sioux City ranks first in the state from the health standpoint
shows what these professional lmen do towards public health.
At the present time there are over 70 practicing
dentists. Most of them are in the most modernly equipped dental
offices in the country. The men themselves are trained experts
in their line and men who give freely of their time for public
work both of a civic nature and of a health nature. Their practice
is not confined to the city as all of them count their patients
from the smaller towns in the territory.
Over 150 lawyers, a number of architects and engineers
and other professional men occupy these office buildings and do
their share in making the city an important business city. Too
many people in the whirl of business forget for the moment that
the professional men are an inseparable part of the city's business.
They are the balancing factors which permit the smooth operation
These office buildings are beautiful buildings so
located and so constructed as to give the greatest amount of office
space with good light and air and yet be close to the business
activities of the city. Such buildings as the Frances, Davidson,
Trimble, Grain Exchange, Warnock, Security, Farmers Loan and Trust,
Metropolitan, Iowa, United Bank, Commerce and other office buildings,are
the scenes of millions of dollars in business transactions daily.
Sioux City has general agency offices for practically
all the larger and better known companies. The Conservative Life
Insurance Co. is a Sioux City institution with home offices and
officers here. They have built up a large business in Sioux City
and the territory, competing equally with larger and older companies.