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The Westport Library, Westport

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The Westport Library is a public library in the town of Westport, Connecticut that was originally established on February 4, 1886 by members of the Westport Reading-Room and Library Association.
Morris Ketchum Jesup, born in 1830 to a country doctor, amassed a fortune in the railroad business and became the benefactor of the library, donating the land and $5,000 for the building. In April 1908, the Westport Public Library was completed at a cost of $75,000 and dedicated to the custody of the Westport Library Association by Jesup's wife, following the wishes of her husband who died four months earlier.
In June 1984, plans were announced to build a new library on a site adjacent to Jesup Green on the Saugatuck River. Considerable discussion took place about how to raise the money for the new library and the proposed site, a former landfill. After a referendum was approved, the new library was built for $4.6 million and opened on Labor Day of 1986. As popularity of the library increased, another renovation and expansion was completed in 1998. The improvements included an innovative project called the "River of Names," a wall of small handmade tiles, paid for individually by donors, depicting local history.
By the year 2000, the library was the second busiest in the state in terms of circulation per capita, averaging 1,200 visitors a day.
Embracing a trend in expanding the role of libraries, the library opened a makerspace in 2012, a structure with 3D printers and other tools for people to create inventions and learn about new technology. The name of the library was changed to the Westport Library.
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  • Staff are welcoming and helpful. You may have to dig a little to find what you’re looking for, but whether it’s WiFi, a comfy spot to read, a book or video to borrow, a meeting room, or a place... 
    Staff are welcoming and helpful. You may have to dig a little to find what you’re looking for, but whether it’s WiFi, a comfy spot to read, a book or video to borrow, a meeting room, or a place...  more »
  • If you can’t find it the Staff will find it. Hoopla is great when the library is closed or busy. Services are so diverse, from meeting/study rooms to the cafe. Love to hang out and use the... 
    If you can’t find it the Staff will find it. Hoopla is great when the library is closed or busy. Services are so diverse, from meeting/study rooms to the cafe. Love to hang out and use the...  more »
  • Brought my 3yo to check out some books for him to read at his Granny's. He had a great time checking out books and picking some favorites to read. 
    Brought my 3yo to check out some books for him to read at his Granny's. He had a great time checking out books and picking some favorites to read.  more »
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  • This is the best library I have been to in America. Not because of the architecture or stately gardens or grounds, but because of it’s usefulness to the community. A building full of books, sure, it is that. But on top of that, opportunities for learning and community growth abound. It has a stage for talks and performances (complete with a grand piano), a recording studio, a post production studio, a control room, a lab for 3D printing, a gallery, a coffee shop, a “library of stuff” where you can check out tools and other hobbiest items. In Westport they have taken the idea of what a library can do for the community and expanded upon it.
  • Wonderful location, business friendly spaces, with light pouring in from window walls, a café, a store, DIY maker spaces, meeting and study rooms, a huge hall for book fairs. Yet, it's not a library. The building is not about books and reading, or concentration. It does not offer a cozily protective atmosphere. Tables on which you can actually work with books and laptops are limited. Among the sources of disturbance, a huge screen irradiating images. This is a multifunctional community center, not a library. The best place in the building is actually outside: the terrace by the cafe. Unfortunately, it's hard to use it from December to March.
  • Amazing new space so lucky to have it in Westport, make sure that you use it. Public libraries are great
  • Great. Use hoopla all the time. Online books
  • Best book choice for babies!

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