Peterborough library to mark 180 years

The Peterborough Town Library celebrates its 180th anniversary on Tuesday with refreshments and a birthday cake. Everyone is welcome at this community reception, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library and is hosted by the 1833 Society.

Founded in 1833 with a collection of several hundred books, the Peterborough Library has the distinction of being the first free tax-supported library. Today’s library also includes a wide range of services for its more than 3,700 patrons.

Since the library celebrated its 175th anniversary five years ago, there have been many changes – expanding use of social media, free downloadable e-books, a substantial increase in the DVD collections, more public computers, a monthly library e-newsletter and a Library of the Future blog. The library building itself is in need of attention. Structural issues compromise safety and adversely impact operating and maintenance costs, while space configuration limits growth and flexibility.

Working with library trustees and staff, the 1833 Society is taking the lead in planning and raising funds for the Library of the Future, and is seeking input from community members.

“The vision is that, five years from now, we will be celebrating the library’s 185th birthday in a renovated library,” says David Weir, who serves as chair of the 1833 Society and as a library trustee. To find out more about the 1833 Society’s vision, visit

To find more about the 180th birthday reception and the library’s current and future initiatives, visit

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