Libraries have always played an important role in my life. One of my happiest memories from childhood is the day that I received my very own library card. For the last two decades, I’ve had the good fortune to live in a historic small town that has an equally historic library. Established in 1760 as a subscription library, the Newtown Library Company is one on the earliest public librarues in the United States. It’s been in continuous operation for 261 years, with the exception of a few months during the Revolutionary War when British troops occupied the town. The current library building only dates from 1912, but it’s as quaint and welcoming a library as you will find anywhere in North America.
The infographic below offers a comprehensive look at the evolution of the library of the centuries.