Fire at Anderson Street Library in January destroys children’s collection. Library reopens in July. Eutaw Branch Library opens in October.
Hay Street Library renamed Frances Brooks Stein Memorial Library.
Library Director Dorothy Shue retires after 24 years of service. C. David Warren appointed Library Director in October.
East Fayetteville Branch opens.
Bordeaux Branch opens. Law Library placed under Public Library.
New Hope Mills Branch opens in part of the Town Hall. Stedman Branch relocated to restored railroad depot.
North Carolina Foreign Language Center established at Gillespie Street Branch.
New bookmobile purchased. Library creates automated bibliographic database for microfilm catalog.
Eutaw Branch relocated to rear of Eutaw Shopping Center.
Library Director C. David Warren resigns. Spring Lake Branch relocated from the second floor to the first floor of renovated old Town Hall.
Jerry Thrasher appointed Library Director. ACCESS Information Line begins at Anderson Street Library. Book theft system installed at Anderson Street Library.
First Answer Book published. Library logo adopted. East Fayetteville Branch relocated to larger quarters. Dial-A-Story service begun.
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cumberland County Public Library celebrated. First Quiz Bowl conducted. Commissioners approve site for proposed Headquarters Library. Video tapes offered for borrowing. $4.5 million Library bond referendum for Headquarters Library defeated.
$700,000 private fund raiser for new Headquarters Library is successful, along with federal, state, county and city funding for a total of $4,735,000 for project. Two public access computers (Apple IIe) available at the Stein Library beginning June 20, 1983. Publication of The People and Their Public Library released on library planning process specifying mission, goals and objectives. Trustees approve re-naming Library to "Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center.
Site for the new Headquarters Library purchased in March. Commissioners approve site for the future Bordeaux Branch adjacent to the Mary McArthur Elementary School. Bids for new Headquarters Library opened and approved for $3,284,985 ($41 a square foot). Total Headquarters Library project budget approved at $4,667,725. Ground breaking ceremony for new Headquarters Library in September. Output measures survey conducted for the first time in October.
Commissioners award contracts totaling $645,398 for the new Bordeaux Branch (10,000 square feet) on Village Drive. Ground breaking ceremony for Bordeaux Branch held in February. New Bordeaux Branch opens December 16, 1985. Overdue fines increased from five cents to ten cents a day. Automation system for the circulation and inventory of library materials to be included with new Headquarters Library with help of $75,000 in State Library funding. Library receives NACo Award for the "Foreign Language Center."
New Bordeaux Branch dedicated on January 5, 1986. Commissioners award library’s automation bid to C. L. Systems, Inc for $379,119. New Headquarters Library opens on June 1, 1986. Library receives NACo Award for the "ACCESS Community Information Line."
Adult New Readers Collection established at Headquarters Library in May 1987. Library receives NACo Award for "Funding for New Headquarters Library Building." Library receives first fax machine from the State Library in October 1987. Site for new Cliffdale Branch purchased
Library automation system used to loan books on March 16, 1988 at all locations. Library’s Bestseller Express program for circulating new books was begun on April 1, 1988 for a seven day loan.
Automatic doors added to the Headquarters Library. Quiet Area created at the Headquarters Library. Treasure House sculpture by Jim Gallucci unveiled at Headquarters in December.