The Burnham Library is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, June 23 for browsing, borrowing, and quick usage of computer, copier, and fax machine.

We are so excited to reopen our doors to our patrons! Due to the current circumstances, we must limit the number of patrons in the building as well as set a minimum age requirement of 10 years or older. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees. In addition, our hours have changed until further notice. Curbside Pick-up will remain in service

Temporary Hours as of 6/23/2020

Tuesday and Friday 1-5, Wednesday and Thursday 9-4, Saturday 9-1

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Digital Branch

The Digital Branch is your 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to thousands of different eBooks, eAudio, streaming television, movies, and music, all from the comfort of your home. All you need to unlock these amazing services is your library card.

Museum Passes

Burnham Library offers free or reduced-price admission to a number of cultural organizations through its Museum Pass program. The program includes museums, science centers, and zoos in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City.

Our Friends

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the Friends of the Burnham Library is to stimulate public use of the library, provide financial assistance to the library, and sponsor programs for all members of the community.

The Friends group provides funding for capital improvements, books, and technological upgrades.

Our History

This is a story with an unusual cast of characters: some civic-minded townspeople, a wealthy ship captain, a respected man of letters, a hermit, and a bulldozer operator. And the State of California.

The first name in the story is that of Captain Nathaniel Randall, who between l8l0 and l840 maintained a circulating library in his house, using his own large collection of books. A smaller collection was kept and lent out by Augusta Lyon, who established a district library in the building that housed the original Bridgewater post office.