The Fort Gay Public Library, 8608 Rear Broadway, Fort
Gay, WV, began as a Community School book depository. It was
in a building that used to be a store. The services expanded
to include an Adult GED Program and the library collection was
books donated by the Cabell County Public Library.
In the early 1970's, the Wayne County Library Board applied for
a $10,000 grant for a building from the West Virginia Library Commission. Plans were made to construct
one of the "instant libraries" built in communities throughout West Virginia.
The project was completed in 1973 with the help of S.B. Noe, a
local contractor. In 2003, an expansion project was completed that
provided additional room for a children's area.
The Fort Gay Public Library currently houses more than 10,000 books,
book cassettes, CD books, DVD's, videos and magazines. Computers provided by
the Gates Foundation are available to the public. Children's programming
is offered throughout the year. The library serves many elementary
school children during the school year with weekly class visits.