To be the premier community information resource in Rowayton for all of our area’s individuals and community groups.
To uphold the principles of intellectual freedom by providing people of all ages with access to information that reflects varying points of view and by encouraging our constituents to foster a lifelong appreciation of words, language and learning.
The Association of the Free Library and Reading Room of Rowayton is
governed by a board of trustees, serving terms of three
years. New Trustees are elected each year at the Association's Annual
Meeting, held on the second Monday in June.
The Sixth Taxing District provides the major part of the Library's
yearly budget. Proceeds from special events, income from a small trust
fund and gifts also help finance the Library. Gifts to the Library are
tax deductible. For further information regarding gifts, please contact
the Library Director or a member of the Library's Board of Trustees.
history - time line
The Rowayton Library was organized by a group of public-spirited citizens
and housed in a room in Craw's Hall at 101 Rowayton Avenue. It opened
with capital of $154, a loan of 100 books from the State for three months
and 25 books from the Bodley Book Club to be exchanged monthly.
July 12: the Library was officially incorporated.
Having outgrown the first home of the library, the Board held a special meeting and approved the purchase of 145 Rowayton Avenue, former firehouse of the Reliance Hook and Ladder Company (and now the Rowayton Arts Center). The Library paid owner, Frank Machette, $5700 for the property and the building. Upon moving in, the first floor was used to house the collection and the second floor was used as a community meeting place, known as the Library Hall.
The present building and surrounding six acres at 33 Highland Avenue
were purchased by the Sixth Taxing District to become the Rowayton Library
and Community Center. Originally this Tudor-style building, constructed
in 1912, was a part of the extensive estate of James A. Farrell. It
was later purchased by the Sperry Rand Corporation which developed the
first commercial computer on this site.
In 1966, the Library entered into an agreement with the Sixth Taxing District whereby the Library gave the Sixth Taxing District the property and building at 145 Rowayton Avenue and would continue to perform the services of a "public library" for the community of the Sixth Taxing District in exchange for their new home at 33 Highland Avenue for the next 99 years and a funding grant every year.