About the Library
Pomfret Public Library
- has about 20,000 items in its collection and hundreds of thousands more that in our digital collection
- serves over 1600 patrons from Pomfret and surrounding towns
- gets over 10,000 visitors in a year
- circulated 16,400 items in 2019
- hosts programs of various types for various ages every week, with about 2100 attendees/year
- 1739: The first public library in eastern Connecticut, “The United English Library for the Propagation of Christian and Useful Knowledge” was housed in the home of Rev. Ebenezer Williams.
- 1882: Pomfret Hall Library was formed as a subscription library with books discarded from the original collection. Membership was $1.
- 1911: The present building was constructed by Mrs. George Bradley in memory of her husband on land donated by Benjamin Grosvenor.
- 1928: The Pomfret subscription library became a public library, supported by town tax revenue.
- 1976: An endowment from the estate of Abilene C. Averill was used to add the children’s room and office.
- 1994: The Aicher Memorial Garden and deck was added in memory of Sarah Aicher.
- 2006: The Friends of Pomfret Public Library was founded for the support of library programs and services.
- 2008: The interior was renovated to accommodate lounge seating, public computers and an updated collection.