Milton Free Public Library Mission Statement
The Mission of the Milton Free Public Library is to provide quality library services to all members of the community, to enrich and inform our lives through the power of books, the resources of technology, and special programs-for life-long learning, for entertainment and enjoyment, for knowledge of our world and democratic heritage.
Built in 1875 as a schoolhouse, in 1992 the Library took possession of this magnificent building. The Milton Free Public Library is an exemplary representative of the historical and architectural development of Milton Mills. There are no other buildings left in Milton Mills that illustrate the Second Empire architecture so prevalent in the 19th Century.
If a library is defined as "a building or rooms containing collections of books, periodicals and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow or refer to" then perhaps Milton Free Public Library should be renamed Milton Free Public Library and Community Center. The building is a resource that supports community activities and whose loss would diminish the community's ability to define its architectural history and heritage. The Milton Free Public Library is appreciated by a large cross section of the community.
With a dramatic increase in patronage, as well as increase in use as a meeting place for various groups and organizations, a center for youth as well as adults, it is a vital part of the Milton Mills/Milton NH infrastructure.
Preservation is so much more than saving old buildings! Historic preservation champions and protects places that tell the stories of our past. It enhances our sense of community and brings us closer together: saving the places where we take our children to school, buy our groceries, and stop for coffee - preserving the stories of ancient cultures found in landmarks and landscapes we visit - protecting the memories of people, places and events honored in our national monuments. Contact the Library for a list of events/programs or suggest a new one. Please note that services and facility hours may change. Please visit the library website www.Miltonfreepubliclibrary.org for all of the most up to date information.