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Discussions of Library facilities improvement continued through this decade with concerns about location, accessibility, and lack of space. In the early 1940s, the Library's collection had grown to 10,000 volumes and annual circulation of 38,000. From 1943 to 1950, Library administration was handled by a number of individuals including Marie Moeller, Barbara Mills Travers, George Young and Virginia Robinson.

By 1946, Library records show the collection had grown to 14,000 volumes, cardholding users of the Library numbered 2,300, and annual circulation advanced to 48,000.

Carnegie Library on Lovell Avenue during the 1940s.

Passenger rail service into downtown Mill Valley ended in 1940. On December 7, 1941, the United States was drawn into the Second World War when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Imperial Japan. With U.S. efforts to build a modern naval force, Marinship was established in Sausalito. This new industry drew workers from all over the country, creating new demands for housing and commerce in Southern Marin. World War II ended in 1945 when Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies in Europe.

A few months later, Japan surrendered following the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs. The world's community came together in San Francisco to establish the United Nations. Mill Valley's Strawberry area was one site considered for the UN's headquarters. In 1946 the ENIAC, the world's first real electronic digital computer, went into service at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1948, George Orwell described a grim view of mankind's future in his book 1984.
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