EXPLORE THE WORLD FROM HERE.
The Aldrich Public Library is a prominent feature of downtown Barre, at the northeast corner of Washington and Elm Streets, across Washington Street from Vermont City Park. This architecturally distinguished Classical Revival building was constructed in 1907-08 with funds bequested by Leonard Frost Aldrich, a local businessman, and was substantially enlarged in 2000. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
The Aldrich Library Board of Trustees recently completed a $1.6 million addition and renovation project to the original library. The Trustees also operate a satellite library in the village of East Barre. The Aldrich library was selected to participate in Vermont’s statewide broadband expansion project, Vermont Fiber, and they now boost six WiFi hot spots inside the library.
The Aldrich Library has much to offer Barre residents and visitors, from the collection of the library containing 48,700 volumes and a full suite of digital services including e-books and online library, wi-fi, 20 public computers, copy services, 3D printing, WorldBook Online, Heritage Quest ancestry online, Mango Languages learning system, Universal Class with over 500 free online continuing education classes, free tax filing and driving tutorials.
The Library hosts events and activities
for all ages including the popular summer series, Authors at the Aldrich, on Wednesday evenings. The Katherine Paterson Children’s Room is home to Story Hour, LEGO Club, Full STEAM Ahead, and the Summer Reading Program
. The Teen Room, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Teen Advisory Council and Teen Summer Reading give local teenagers a place to read, research and socialize. For adults, there’s a Book Discussion Group, Knitting Group, Geneology Group and Senior Day Series. Check their calendar for special events
Library at a Glance (click to read)
There are two public meeting spaces in the library available for groups to reserve:
• Conference Room (seats up to 12, includes conference equipment)
• Milne Room (seats up to 120 with full A/V equipment).
The library also delivers library materials to homebound patrons in Barre and to local nursing homes, serves free lunch to children and teens, and passes to area museums, state parks and historic sites.
Nurture your love of reading. Get your library card and join in at the Aldrich Public Library. The Library is located at 6 Washington Street, and is open Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is operated by an autonomous Board of Trustees. The Town of Barre supports the library from tax revenues.