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Howard Whittemore Memorial Library

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In 1894, John Howard Whittemore bequeathed to the Naugatuck public a library constructed in memory of his son, John Howard Whittemore, Jr. The building was designed by renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, which also designed several other buildings in the downtown area at the time. Residents who walk in the building are greeted by a large rotunda which sits atop a foyer decorated with portraits and busts of past figures associated with the library. The library has been governed by a board of trustees since its founding.
The Howard Whittemore Library belongs to the Bibliomation library consortium, allowing for the inter-library loan of items between more than 50 Connecticut libraries and providing patrons with an online public access catalog. Library cards are issued to Naugatuck residents free of charge and can be obtained by going to the circulation desk and providing official identification and proof of residency. Public computers are available to patrons with active library cards carrying less than $1.99 in fines, and non-Naugatuck residents may use the computers if they show their ID to the reference librarian and obtain a temporary computer pass. Patrons may print at the library for the cost of 25ȼ per page. Public WiFi is available for free. Anyone may send faxes from the library to any number within the United States for $1 per page, and receive faxes at the cost of 50ȼ per page. Photocopies cost 20ȼ a page for black and white copies, and 25ȼ per page for color. The library’s scanner may be used free of charge. The loan period for books and magazines is 21 days, with new books loaned out for 14 days. DVDs belonging to the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library are loaned for 7 days, and Circuit DVDs are loaned for 3 days. Renewals are offered twice per item (excluding books on the Naugatuck school system’s summer reading list and DVDs), and may be renewed online or over the phone. The Friends of the Library allow us to loan out museum passes to patrons, offering discounts and free admission to local parks, zoos, aquariums, and museums. The library carries rare and non-circulating books on local Naugatuck history in the Connecticut Room.
243 Church St, Naugatuck, CT 06770
(203) 729-4591
  • Fax: 203-723-7159
  • Accessibility Details: Elevator access; automatic doors on the side entrance, wheelchair accessiblity
  • Accessibility Details: Elevator access; automatic doors on the side entrance, wheelchair accessiblity
  • Hours: Mon, noon - 6pm; Tue, Wed, 10am - 8pm; Thu, 10am - 6pm; Fri, 10am - 4pm; Sat, 10am - 2pm; Sun, closed
  • Hours: Mon, noon - 6pm; Tue, Wed, 10am - 8pm; Thu, 10am - 6pm; Fri, 10am - 4pm; Sat, 10am - 2pm; Sun, closed
  • Accessible: yes
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