Now We Are 150

Back in January 1872, it was through the dedicated efforts of enterprising local villagers and public school trustees that library service started in our community. Burlington Public Library's story began in the old Central Public School hallway, where villagers could stop by for an hour every Friday afternoon to borrow a book. But, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the townspeople, the growing collection soon became too big for its location. So, some very generous folks rallied to support their local library service—by taking turns hosting over 2,000 books in their homes and businesses until the first permanent library site opened in 1907. Visit our timeline to read how our community raised the thriving library system we have today.

Now 150 years on, we're excited to celebrate BPL's sesquicentennial with you throughout 2022. Plans are in the works for this milestone year—stay tuned.

Boldly design where no library has gone before! To kick-off our birthday year, our annual Burlington Bookmarks Contest challenged you to take a giant time-travel leap 150 years into the future and imagine Our Library in 2172. Check out the winning entries!

Burlington Public Library Historical Timeline

Staff Picks List: Futuristic Fiction

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