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Burlington Public Library

210 Court Street

Library History

Library services in Burlington were begun in 1868 when a subscription library was formed by Senator James Wilson Grimes (who contributed $5,000) and a number of other shareholders (who paid $10 per share). Those who were unable to join as shareholders were encouraged to purchase borrowing privileges for $4 annually.

The library was housed in a series of rented rooms beginning in the second floor of a building located at Main and Valley. In 1885 the city assumed full responsibility for providing library service for its residents, and the library was moved to two rooms at City Hall.


Roxanna Coon

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Quiet even in the children's area. Free wifi. Staff very friendly!

Keegan Davis

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I love the study rooms and the quality on how nice the building and staff are. But most importantly the staff are real nice and can help with most things you ask for.


Saturday, March 25, 2017
Very nice place with a great selection. Nice staff and a very nice place to work in the meeting rooms.

Polycarp Forba

Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017
Clean,comfortable, and quiet study area!

Lorene Anderson

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful and functional libraries I have ever had the pleasure to use. The picture window over the river is stunning and the central reading area is so inviting!

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