The Bethel Public Library was founded in 1909 with a bequest of $2,000 and some books from Maria Parloa, a prominent Bethel citizen. It was located in a couple of rooms above a local store and was open 8 hours per week. Today, for little more than one penny of each tax dollar you pay the town of Bethel, the Library offers over 100 different services and is open 55 hours per week. Approximately 67% of the town’s eligible residents have and use their library cards on a regular basis.

If you have some time to look around our home page, you’ll find information on many of the Library’s services listed here. But there’s much more and we hope you’ll join the more than 142,876 visitors last year who have already discovered the wonderful treasures the Bethel Library has to offer you from within the walls of the library building itself. And you, too, can discover it @ the Library!

Services provided by the Adult Services Department:

  • Receive answers to your questions in person, by telephone, fax, email or online.
  • Attend educational programs designed for adults.
  • Learn how to use a mouse, create a Word document, or search the Internet.
  • Reserve a computer for use in the library.
  • Find information on local government and town history.
  • Research your family’s genealogy.
  • Pick up tax forms.
  • Use a photocopier.

Services provided by the Children’s Library:

  • Attend one of many Pre-School Story Hour sessions for children ages 3-5.
  • Attend creative and fun programs for elementary school aged children.
  • Participate in special Summer Reading Programs and enjoy games, prizes and a party, too!
  • Find the books you need to do your summer reading school assignment.
  • Explore Internet websites designed especially for parents & kids.
  • Receive help with your homework and get answers to your questions.
  • Find information on books and authors.
  • Use a computer to write a letter, do your homework, or play a CD-ROM game.

Services provided by the Teen Library:

  • Books, movies, music, and audio books for grades 6-12
  • Creative and fun programs designed especially for teens.
  • The books you need to complete your summer reading assignment for school
  • Useful websites and databases for homework and for fun
  • Volunteer opportunities