When the Chicago Latvian Association moved into the Community Center, it also began collecting books. The initial collection in the library consisted of books published during Latvia’s first period of independence (1918-1940) and earlier. Over the years, almost all books published in Latvian outside of Latvia were added. The library currently contains around 8,000 items. In recent years, the library has donated books published outside of Latvia and other publications by Latvian organizations to the National Library of Latvia to help complete its collection of Latvian diaspora literature.