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The community of White Lake is proud of its library, which first opened its doors in January 1959, after two years of research, planning, and hard work. Many townspeople and organizations contributed shelving, books, magazines, and other supplies to make the library a reality. The South Dakota State Library also played a role by donating children's books for several years.

The library originally was located in the front of the building that was then the White Lake City Hall. In June of 1973, it was moved to a building on Main Street that had been generously donated by Mrs. John Gilbertz. In the summer of 2002, the library moved into what had been a funeral chapel at 111 S. Main St. It also houses City Hall and the offices of the city finance officer and of Experience Works.

In over thirty years the community library has had only three librarians. Mrs. Nettie Watson held the position from 1959 until 1972, when Elsie Bogenhagen took over the post. The current librarian, Mrs. Linda K. Dodds, has been the librarian since 1982.