On Tuesday, January 23rd, 1934 at two-thirty in the afternoon, Guilford Free Library opened its doors for the first time. After a short opening address, Charles D. Hubbard, as member of the building committee, presented the library to the town of Guilford. During the afternoon, approximately 200 residents of the town registered for library cards, using a quill pen. Miss Edith Nettleton was the librarian.
The library offered a large reading room in front and a stack room in the rear, with a lecture or exhibition room in the basement, and extra space for directors meetings, a work room and boiler room.
In 90 years, the Guilford Free Library has grown and changed considerably, but we remain a place of welcome and discovery for the people of our town. We are indebted to the people of Guilford, whose support and appreciation of the library inspires us each and every day.