Colchester residents must have a Cragin Library Card to use these services:
Welcome to Cragin Memorial Library, the public library of Colchester, Connecticut. Colchester was established in 1698 at an important colonial crossroads, and served as one of Connecticut's earliest manufacturing towns. Library service was first provided to the town in 1856 through a local association. In 1903, Dr. Edwin B. Cragin donated $30,000* for the construction of a 4,000 square foot building and the association donated its collection and the Town agreed to support the operations of the Library, which was opened to the public in July 1905. The Library's Board of Trustees, chaired by Mrs. Lynn Norton, and Library Director Siobhan Grogan spearheaded an expansion effort, leading to the renovation of the 1905 building and addition of a 16,000 square foot expansion, completed in September 2002. The Library became a town department
*Worth about $3,000,000 in today's dollars.
The Cragin Memorial Library serves the residents of Colchester with a collection of 63,000 items and is open 49 hours each week. In addition to a comprehensive collection of book and media offerings, the Library provides free programs for all ages, personal service, Inter-Library Loan, public Internet computers, and free Wi-Fi access to the Library’s visitors. The Library also serves as a community destination, hosting hundreds of community activities for many organizations including scouts, sports league registration, and civic groups.
The Library is a town department with an advisory board to consult on policies and the general activity of the Library. The Library’s programming is made possible through the community support provided by the Friends of Cragin Memorial Library.
We will support leisure reading with a collection of current, high interest material, popular periodicals and classic books.
We will introduce children to a love of reading as soon as they are old enough to look at a picture, listen to a story or hold a book.
We will strive to provide timely, accurate, useful information to enable Colchester residents to inform themselves on all subjects that interest them.
Inquiries concerning current program offerings and reference questions may be directed to Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester, CT 06415; telephone 1-860-537-5752; fax 1-860-537-4559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library offers:
Storytime programs for children ages birth to age 5 throughout the school year.
Summer reading program for all ages during the summer months.
Volunteer opportunities for students (grades 6-12) and adults.
Adult informational and cultural programs.