Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Woodstock Libraries

Woodstock has four libraries: Bracken Memorial, May Memorial, North Woodstock and West Woodstock Libraries.

The CT State Library is located in Hartford.

Bracken Memorial LibraryBracken Library

57 Academy Road
(860) 928-0046

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; Sunday: Closed

The original Bracken Memorial Library was presented to the Board of Trustees at the Woodstock Academy in memory of native son and Academy alumnus Howard Webster Bracken, with the stipulation that the library would serve the general public as well as the school. Sited on the west side of Academy Hall, the original library building served the community until 1992, when the entire Academy underwent extensive renovation. The new library is now situated in the Ely Ransom Hall Memorial Gymnasium.  Internet access available.


May Memorial LibraryMay Memorial Library

15 Prospect Street
East Woodstock
(860) 928-0284

Wednesday 1 - 5 pm
Friday 1 - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 12 pm

Story Time Hours: 9:30 am on Fridays (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/21)

The May Memorial Library is located next to the East Woodstock Common. For 75 years before the library was built in 1930, books were circulated among different homes.


North Woodstock LibraryNo. Woodstock Library

Route 169, just north of Route 197
(near English Neighborhood Road)
(860) 928-2629

Monday 9 - 1 pm
Thursday 9 - 12 pm
Saturday 9 - 12 pm

The North Woodstock Library Association (trustees) was formed in 1854. Patrons were charged five cents per borrowed book, and a two cent/day fine for overdue books. Life membership cost $1.00 and regular members paid .50 cents a year. Members did not have the borrowing charge. From 1860-1871, the library was disbanded three times, and the books were either sold or divided among life members.



The building that the North Woodstock Library now occupies was originally a schoolhouse built in 1843. In 1944, the West Woodstock Library donated 50 books to start the North Woodstock Library again. It was housed in the Vestry of the Congregational Church until the the Town gave the building to the library in 1950. The inside remains almost the same. They still have some old school desks, and the outhouse in the back (but they have had indoor plumbing since the 1970's.

The Library has a nice selection of children's books, fiction and non-fiction for adults, romance novels and books on tape.



West Woodstock Library

5 Bungay Hill Connector
(near Perrin Rd/Rte.171 intersection)
(860) 974-0376

West Woodstock Library website

Tuesday 3 - 6 pm
Wednesday 3 - 6 pm
Thursday 3 - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am -12 pm
Story Hours as scheduled.

The West Woodstock Library has a beautiful new Children's Room, as well as a nice collection of books in new renovated fiction and non-fiction rooms.  They offer various children's programs, including Story Hours and a Children's Summer Reading Program.  Since 1825, the Williams Law Office served as the village's library. It has since been restored to its original condition.

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