About The Library

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches. With 1,800 programs and events per year, the Library seeks to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of the community. Greenwich Library has a total circulation of about 1.2 million, the highest reported in Connecticut.

Greenwich Library was recently named a five-star library by Library Journal for the seventh time.

The mission of Greenwich Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences.

Greenwich Library Strategic Plan: Connecting Our Community

A new Strategic Plan that charts the future course for Greenwich Library was unanimously adopted by the Library’s Board of Trustees at its meeting on June 12, 2012.

The Plan is the culmination of an eighteen month–long process which included a community–wide survey, focus groups, a Trustee survey, a staff survey and retreat, as well as countless hours of analysis and evaluation by the Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Staff and Trustees worked with consultant Maureen Sullivan, now the President of the American Library Association, and Berk Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm, throughout the process.

The Strategic Plan identifies five key areas of focus: Collections, Technology, Lifelong Learning and Enrichment, Service and Community Space and Community and Connections. Strategic Initiatives within each of these five topical areas outline short– and medium–term efforts to improve operations. A new mission and vision are identified within the Plan, along with a new set of values.

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2015 Community Survey Report

Greenwich Library invites the public to view the 2015 Community Survey results on its website. In the fall of 2015, over 2,200 residents completed the Survey, sharing their views and ideas about Greenwich Library’s services and priorities. In addition, 20 stakeholder interviews were conducted with town leaders in early 2016.

These community surveys, conducted in 2011 and 2015, inform the direction of the Library’s Strategic Five Year Plan (2012-2017) by providing updated insight into community needs and preferences.

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Read the 2016 Greenwich Community Survey Addendum: Branch-Level Analysis

Friends of Greenwich Library

Now more than ever, our community is flocking to the Greenwich Library. The Library offers more than 1,400 free programs, providing educational, cultural and practical information at a level of excellence that our patrons have come to expect. Everyone who gives to the Library is a Friend.

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Library History

Learn more about the storied past of the Greenwich Library.

Throughout the 1800s, under the names Greenwich Town Library and Greenwich Reading Room and Library Association, a book-lending institution existed in such locations as the Second Congregational Church and on the second floor of what is now 113 Greenwich Ave.

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Library Management

There are many dedicated people behind the scenes at Greenwich Library.

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Library News & Press

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