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!