Cragin Memorial Library

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Welcome to Cragin Memorial Library

 the public library of Colchester, Connecticut.


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Colchester residents must have a Cragin Library Card to use these services.

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Mission Statement

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.

Popular Reading

We will support leisure reading with a collection of current, high interest material, popular periodicals and classic books.

Children's Reading

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: Phone: 1 (860) 537-5752; Fax: 1 (860) 537-4559 or email.

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.
  • Technology instruction.
  • Museum passes.

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Staff Contacts

Name Title
Kate Byroade, MSLIS Library Director
Jennifer Rummel, MLS Children's & Young Adult LIbrarian
Mary N.S. Richardson, MLS Adult Services Librarian
Joann Koch Cataloger
Vickie Lynch Circulation Supervisor
Joann MacDonald Children's Assistant
Sara Perrin Programming Assistant
Liz Perez-Balesky Library Assistant
Alexis Turner Library Assistant
Kristan Gallucci Library Assistant
Valerie Grabek Library Assistant
Kelsey Casey Library Assistant
Lindsay Riordan Library Assistant
Samantha Partney Library Assistant
Roland Brunet Library Custodian