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Mission Statement

The Norwich Public Library serves as a community center for the town providing traditional and innovative resources for all patrons and offering library experiences that support education, imagination, and community engagement.


Lucinda Walker, Director

Lisa Milchman, Assistant Director

Erin Davison, Youth Services Librarian

Erin McNulty, Community Engagement Coordinator

Julia Greider, Technical Services Librarian

Patti Files Rodriguez, Youth Services Assistant

Sydney Smith, Circulation & Volunteer Coordinator

Phyllis Whitney, Circulation Assistant

Holiday Observances

Norwich Public Library is closed to observe the following holidays:

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2024

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 15, 2024

Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 19, 2024

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2024

Juneteenth – Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2024

Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2024

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Monday, October 14, 2024

Halloween – Thursday, Oct. 31 the library will close at 3 PM

Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11, 2024

Day before Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 27 the library will close at 4 PM

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28, 2024

Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 29, 2024

Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24, 2024

Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2024

New Year’s Eve – Tuesday, December 31 the library will close at 3 PM


Library Closures

There are times (particularly in the winter) when the library may close. Examples include local school closings or hazardous driving conditions relating to weather, power outages, flooding, downed trees, and mandated closures (world and regional disasters). When we must close, we do our utmost to alert the community as soon as possible by posting information on our website, social media outlets, and the Norwich Listserv. However, much depends upon our staff’s access to both the internet and electricity. We all live in rural areas! We appreciate your understanding.

Partial-Day Closures 

If an emergency event such as increasing inclement weather or a power outage occurs, the library may need to close early. For parents & caregivers of children who use the library – please make sure they have your contact information

Circulation Policies

Collection Development Policy

Library Code of Conduct

Child Safety Policy


Board meetings are held at 7 PM the fourth Monday of every month (except August and December) in the Library’s Community Room. The meetings are open to the public.

President, Molly Gentine

Vice President, Emily Myers

Treasurer, Tricia Spellman

Secretary, Marisa Lorenzo

Richard Adams

Marc Aquila

Julia Lau

Todd Thompson

Megan Tompkins

Margo Nutt (Ex officio, Friends of NPL President)

Strategic Plan


The Norwich Public Library Association was organized by a handful of dedicated Norwich citizens on December 14, 1880. The initial collection of 256 volumes was housed in the Congregational Church Vestry. By 1888 the collection had grown to 1000 volumes and was moved to the Norwich Academy building. Fire destroyed the Academy building in 1897 and 20% of the collection was lost. The remaining books were moved to the home of James Hutchinson on Main Street while plans were developed for a permanent home for the collection. Thomas & Lizzie Hazen donated the lot.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new library was held on September 11, 1901 and the building dedicated in 1902. Fees and donations sustained the Library until the Town of Norwich offered its support of $350 in 1922 with an annual grant. In 1971, the Library received a gift of $1,000 from the Town, which allowed library hours to be expanded to two days per week and to increase the volumes to over 6,000. In 1975, the Bicentennial Wing of the Library was dedicated and built, thanks to federal assistance, local gifts, and pledges totaling over $65,000.

The most recent renovation, completed in July 1999, more than doubled the square footage. The Library was automated in 2000. Presently, we are open six days a week for a total of 44.5 hours. The Library maintains a collection of over 35,000 volumes, including books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, and an expanding collection of digital resources. With over 3500 registered borrowers, we offer a Community Room meeting space for local groups, exhibit space for artists, Internet access, and free wireless access.

Join us as we build upon a tradition of excellent service and a first-rate collection while meeting the challenges and promises of the future.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

With appreciation to Jean Lawe

In the News

Out and about: Norwich peeps diorama contest expands reach,” by Liz Sauchelli. Valley News, April 14, 2020.

Rural Libraries Help Communities Access Health Information,” by Allee Mead. The Rural Monitor, March 11, 2020.

List: Library resources available during coronavirus closings.” Valley News, March 19, 2020.

Library cards unlock access to bikes, benefiting entire communities,” by Alessandra Bautze. Shareable.net, August 19, 2019.

Peep this: Peeps dioramas from Norwich, Newport libraries,” Valley News, May 4, 2019. (subscription required)

Vermont libraries provide community, not just books,” by Gareth Henderson. Christian Science Monitor, August 17, 2018.

Press Releases

Norwich Public Library Designated a “Star Library” by Library Journal. December 22, 2020.

Norwich Public Library to Host e-Bikes during August. August 7, 2019

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