The Oldest Free Public Library In The World Is Here In New Hampshire

Public libraries, in America, are something that we take mostly for granted – it’s hard to imagine not having them available for reading materials, electronic resources, and town gathering places. But for most of world history, libraries were only accessible to the wealthy and well-connected. You may not realize that it was right here in New Hampshire that all that changed — and the public library that started it all is still pretty darn great!

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You can find the Peterborough Town Library at 2 Concord St, Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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