Always here for you

125 years ago a few forward-thinking people from our community came together and decided that Wilton needed a library. Housed at first in a private home with just 150 books, Wilton Library Association was founded in May 1895. Today that same Library is the cultural and intellectual heart of Wilton. With more than 500,000 items in our own beautiful building, the Wilton Library Association provides inspirational programs, exceptional services, and innovative technology to all who use it.

As our award-winning Library commemorates this momentous anniversary, we are excited to celebrate the past as we elevate our future. Join us as we move into our next chapter with the same forward momentum – opening our doors, our hearts, and our minds to even greater possibilities.

did you know?

The Wilton Library Association is a private, non-profit institution. While the town of Wilton partially covers operating expenses, generous donations fund 100% of the Library’s books, online databases, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and programs.

HOME IS WHERE OUR HEART IS

Since 1975 and with its 2006 expansion, Wilton Library has called a stunning mid-century modern building, home. Special dedicated areas such as the Story Room, Craft Room, Teen Area, and Innovation Station are in continual use, as are the meeting rooms for businesses and organizations.

THE ART OF COMMUNITY

The Brubeck Room and the Brubeck Collection bring the Library live world-class jazz concerts and one of the foremost jazz archives in the world. We also feature an ever-changing exhibition of art, sculpture, and photography by the Wilton Public Schools’ Fine Arts program and by artists from Wilton and beyond.

INVENTING TOMORROW, TODAY

Wilton Library has always embraced innovation and technology. We were the first library in Connecticut to sponsor a Robotics team – Singularity Technology – which has advanced to become Connecticut State Champions. In addition, our Innovation Station maker space has been a place for teens and adults to learn new skills, exchange ideas, test technologies, collaborate, and create since 2014.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

With close to 1,000 programs each year, there is literally at least one event every day. In any given month, there are author talks, history lectures, poetry workshops, book discussions, craft project workshops for all ages – the list goes on. Then there are the special events: the Human Library program places people in conversations designed to break down barriers; and Wilton Reads brings the community together to read the chosen book and share an immersive experience.

1895

Library is founded and located in a private home which later also housed the post office.

1916

Wilton Library is incorporated as a free library open to the public.

1918

The grand opening of a new location built for the Library situated at the current Bank of America.

1946

The Dewey Decimal System is adopted.

1947

Candlelight Concerts begin.

1975

Architect Eliot Noyes builds the new Library.

1991

Library gets its first personal computer for public use.

1994

New computer catalog system, CARL, is introduced.

2001

Summer Music & More Concert Series begins.

2005

Inaugural Wilton Reads community-wide reading program with To Kill a Mockingbird.

2006

Dave, Chris & Dan Brubeck perform inaugural concert in the Brubeck Room for Red, Hot and Cool Gala.

2012

Library becomes a safe haven for 10,000+ residents who lost power following Hurricane Sandy.

2015

Library honored with Connecticut Library Association’s Excellence in Public Service Award for its Innovation Station.

2018

Library launches Human Library.

2020

Library becomes the official home of the world renowned Brubeck Collection.

Library uses its 3-D printer to create 500 face shields, which were donated to the frontline during COVID-19.

Library honored with CLA’s Excellence in Public Service Award for its Wilton Reads 2019, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

HERE’S TO OUR NEXT CHAPTER

Now more than ever, the relationship between the Library and the community is a synergistic one. Whether it is physically or virtually, Wilton Library brings people of all ages together to inspire, connect and enrich lives. It is a place that echoes with conversation, children’s voices, and music.

As we turn the pages to our next chapter, we celebrate all those who have helped make the past 125 years so meaningful and look forward to a future filled with hope and joy.