Founded in 1886, built in 1908, and transformed in 2019, The Westport Library is one of the most active and innovative public libraries in the nation, devoted to enriching the intellectual and creative lives of the community.
Among its many highlights are a full collection of books for children, teens, and adults; an engaging and colorful Children’s Library; a MakerSpace; a Library of Things; a Seed Library; a robust café and store; and professional artwork that adorns its walls, with installations that rotate throughout the year.
The Westport Library is also home to Verso Studios, replete with an SSL hybrid analog sound studio and broadcast control suite featuring a state-of-the-art console and six robotic cameras, and the Trefz Forum, an open, flexible space that can accommodate up to 600 patrons and features an 18-foot video wall, 35-foot stage, state-of-the-art sound, theatrical lighting, and video and digital projection.
Situated in the heart of downtown Westport overlooking the scenic Saugatuck River, The Westport Library annually hosts StoryFest, the largest literary festival in Connecticut, and VersoFest, its four-day music and media festival powered by Verso Studios, in addition to providing a full series of traditional programs for anyone and everyone.
Above all, the Library strives to provide a warm, welcoming destination where visitors can read and research, shop, and enjoy the camaraderie of being in a shared space — serving the whole community as a vibrant gathering spot where people of all ages come to seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas, and share experiences.
In 2019, the Library completed a long-awaited Transformation Project that entirely reimagined the space to provide more accessibility, adaptability and more flexibility. For more on the project and the many improvements to the facility and offerings, click here.