Located on the Saugatuck River in the heart of downtown Westport, the Westport Library is a nationally recognized institution committed to empowering the individual and strengthening the community through dynamic interaction and the lively exchange of ideas thanks to an exemplary collection of materials and innovative, world-class programming for all ages and interests.
Founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1908, the Library is devoted to enriching the intellectual and creative lives of the community. In recognition of its excellence, the “Five-Star Library” status, awarded to the top 1% of public libraries, has been earned four times since 2013.
In addition to a stellar collection of books, videos and audiobooks, an extensive digital collection and research databases are also offered. Events, both large and small, are tailored to all ages and interests including: BOOKED for the evening, the Library’s signature fundraiser, honors an individual whose work reflects the purpose of the Library—to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world. The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is a free lecture series featuring an individual who has had a significant cultural influence, enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the arts.
The annual Maker Faire, produced in partnership with Remarkable STEAM, focuses on creativity and innovation and draws over 10,000 attendees from throughout the tri-state area. A robust full-year writing support series was started in 2016. In addition, numerous author and topically targeted talks, business programs, teen-oriented events and early literacy programs are among the nearly 2,000 events produced, both at the Library and at community partner venues each year.
In 2017, the Library and the Westport community, embarked on a Transformation Project that will revolutionize the current space with modern systems, technologies and features including: a vast multipurpose space able to hold up to 650 people for large events, additional conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café and Store, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a larger MakerSpace and more!
The renovated Upper Level of the Library will also include more conference rooms, open study and work spaces. The Children’s Library will be entirely reimagined, as well while the Riverwalk Level will become a dedicated area for the adult book collection featuring beautiful panoramic views of the Saugatuck River.
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880