Join the Wallingford Public Library Association

At the Wallingford Public Library, we believe that our doors open to endless possibilities. Indeed more than 400,000 people walk through the doors of the Library annually to attend innovative programs, borrow books and other materials, learn about new technologies, and collaborate on exciting projects. People came to write, study, work, compose, learn, research, and of course, borrow the latest books by their favorite authors.

The Wallingford Public Library, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, receives the majority of its operating funding from the Town of Wallingford. However, for more than 135 years, the Library also has relied on member contributions to ensure that it continues to be a dynamic hub that serves and inspires individuals and families throughout our community.

We hope you will support the Library by becoming a member of the Wallingford Public Library Association. You may donate securely online or by printing out and returning a membership application to the Library.

Thank you for your generosity and for recognizing that outstanding public libraries make for great communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?
It’s an organization that:

  • Governs the Public Library
  • Sponsors special programs and projects
  • Informs the public about library resources and services
  • Promotes fund raising projects
  • Encourages gifts and bequests for endowment purposes and special resources
  • Works to upgrade library legislation

The Association is led by a Board of Managers, fifteen Wallingford residents elected by the Association from the membership. The Board meets monthly to oversee the affairs of the Library. An annual meeting of the Association is held, and special meetings are called whenever the interests of the Association warrant.

What is its background?
The Wallingford Public Library Association originated in 1881 as the “Ladies Library and Reading Room Association.” A small group of women selected the name, adopted a constitution, raised $1,000, collected 1,384 books and rented space in the Wallace Building. The Association was incorporated by a special act of the State Legislature in March, 1882. A landmark in the Library’s history occurred in 1894, when Samuel Simpson bequeathed land at 60 North Main Street and money to construct a building. The Association voted to make the Library “free” with the provision that the Association retain control, and that sufficient operating funds be provided by the town and state. 1981 marked the Association’s 100th year of service to the town of Wallingford.

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Why join?
Your donation will have a direct and immediate impact on the programs and services we offer. From the many children’s programs that teach early literacy skills, to book clubs that foster discussion and connections, to art and science lectures from experts, to hands-on technology for people of all ages, to an excellent selection of materials to supplement these programs, your support of the Wallingford Public Library will assure that it continues to be a community gathering place for learning and growth.

Membership in the Association enables you to elect the Board of Managers and receive a monthly e-newsletter, WORDS. Through membership dues, the Association helps the Library staff improve resources and maintain services for all persons in Wallingford. Become involved in and support the Wallingford Public Library Association as it continues to serve the community.