Prior to 2004, residents of the City of LeClaire received public library services through a small local branch of the Scott County Library System (Eldridge, IA). The LeClaire Community Library was established as an independent municipal public library on July 1, 2004, starting with a gift from Merle and Adeline Barkhuff, who recognized the need for an independent library in the City of LeClaire.
In their will, this generous couple left over $500,000 to the City of LeClaire for the purpose of building a local public library, with the stipulation that the community raise matching funds within a period of 5 years. The generosity of two people inspired a community-wide effort in raising the matching funds, PLUS an additional $440,000 by the library's Grand Opening in July 2004.
This community support still exists today, as the library continues to receive generous support through local funding, donations and dedicated community volunteers.