The Merrill Library began as the Women’s Study Club in 1919 starting with just 22 members.  The purpose was to widen their interests and add to the cultural development of the community.  By 1959, the club had grown to include 44 members.   At that time, the club members decided to found a library for the use and enjoyment of students and the community members of Merrill. The State of Iowa Library Association recognized the Merrill Public Library in September of 1962.  At that time, the library was located in the basement of a local church and later moved to a classroom of the local school.  Within a short time period, the library found its home in a small room on the second floor of the old city building just off Merrill’s Main Street.  In 1972, the library moved to the Merrill Community building and remained there for nearly thirty years until September of 2011.  The library moved once more to its current location at the Kissinger Community Center.