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Library History

1871     The Seymour Library Association is formed.

1892   The Seymour Library and Reading Room Association is established on the 2nd floor of the Old Town Hall on Second               Street. 

              The Association dissolves. Its property is given to the town for the Seymour Free Public Library.

1910   General Charles H. Pine donates $1,000 to the library.

1914   Mr. Charles Bennett Wooster of  New Haven leaves a trust  of $55,000 to the library. This endowment is in use to this day.

         Mr. Henry P. Day and Mr. Edmund Day present a colonial brick building on Broad St. to the town for use as the new             Library. The building is not used until the winter of 1916.

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Seymour Public Library at Broad St. Location

 1955   The Broad St. Seymour Public Library is destroyed by the August flood of 1955.

                      In November, Mr. Bernard H. Matthies donates the use of the Aresthusa Spring Water Co. on Pearl St. as a  temporary                       location for the library. 

library after flood

The remains of the Seymour Public Library after the flood

1956     In June, at the annual town meeting, former State Rep. Bernard H. Matthies donates close to 5 acres of land for a new               Seymour Public Library on the west side of Church St. 

1958    The Seymour Public Library moves into its new and current home on Church St. 

katherine matthies


1970    The Friends of the Seymour Public Library group is established.  

1992    Seymour Public Library celebrates its 100 year anniversary.

 100 year celebration


1992-1994   The Seymour Public Library gets an expansion. 

1996   Henry H. Hamel leaves a large trust to the library.     


                                                                     The Seymour Public Library Today


Seymour Public Library viewed from Church St.



Front entrance to Seymour Public Library



Blue Spruce Tree donated by D.A.R. for Library’s 1958 opening at Church St. location.