In 1967, a library opened at the center with 1,000 books on its shelves. In the library’s first 5 ½ weeks, more than 600 books were checked out, mostly by eager young children who never had the opportunity to experience using a library before. The following year was a period of massive growth for the Ballard Center, as the Housing and Leadership programs developed and implemented a wide range of curricula, including a 4-H Club, arts and crafts classes, and a Teen Drop-In Center organized with adult volunteer leadership. Other new services included a clothing room, which sold clothing for 10 cents per item, and the development of a Ballard Youth Council. Additionally, during this time, the North Lawrence Improvement Association was implemented and developed through the Ballard Center and a Ballard Center Employment Office opened.