Mission & History

Our Mission

Milton Public Library is a center for learning and leisure, a gathering place, and a source of community pride.  We strive to fulfill patron needs for information and entertainment materials; endeavor to meet the learning needs of patrons on topics related to work, school, and personal life; encourage learning and intellectual growth from the earliest ages; and foster an atmosphere of intellectual freedom in the American tradition of liberty.

Our History

According to “Milton’s Story,” published by the Milton Bicentennial Committee in 1976, Milton Public Library was established in March 1898.  It opened to the public on August 13, 1898, with a town appropriation of $40 and some state aid.

The library of 105 books was housed in the Main Street home the towns’ first librarian, Mrs. C. L. Wolcott. This house, last owned by Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Elwood, was acquired by St. Anne’s Catholic Church, and the land is currently used for parking.

The  mentions In the book “Look Around Colchester and Milton, Vermont,” the  Chittenden County Historical Society reports that between 1909 and 1924 Milton Public Library moved into an office building built by Joseph Clark, where Librarian F. S. Morgan had his Arrowhead Press office at Bridge Square.

In 1925, the library was relocated to a small room in the Clark Memorial Building, a gift to Milton from the Clark estate.

In 1941, Milton Public Library moved into larger quarters, the former G.A.R. room in the same building on Main Street. An extra room was added in 1967, to meet growing demands placed on the library by Milton’s rapid population growth.

In July 1995, the library and other town departments moved into the new municipal complex on Bombardier Road.

In June 2011, the library floor space was doubled to include a community meeting room, a children’s area, two bathrooms, and additional shelving for adult, young adult, and juvenile books.

In October 2011, the library joined the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL), a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium.

Last update January 29, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Mon 24

Story Walk

June 1 - June 30
Tue 25

10-10:20 a.m. Toddler Early Literacy Story Time

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Tue 25

1-3 p.m. Mah Jongg

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue 25

1-2 p.m. Backpack Theater

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue 25

5-7:45 p.m. Strategy Board Games

June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Tue 25