Celebrating 100 Years of Library Excellence
As early as 1796 Meriden had a subscription library, but it was not until a group of energetic ladies (The Thursday Morning Club) raised money through a series of successful lectures that a public library came into being. In 1899 the club opened a reading room on East Main Street. Because this library was so heavily used, Mrs. Augusta Munson Curtis agreed to donate $5000 for a library site and to contribute $25,000 toward the erection of a building in memory of her husband and daughter. The Curtis Memorial Library opened on April 20, 1903. As the town and book collection grew, the need for a new building became acute; after much planning the present building opened on June 3, 1973. A bookmobile was added in 1977. Computers arrived in 1986.
The Meriden Public Library is the information, educational, cultural and recreational resource of the city in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike. In order to meet individual and community needs, the Library’s goal is to provide access to print and non-print resources.