OUR MISSION is to empower community members to become lifelong learners by providing easy access to materials, online resources, programs and a welcoming place.
Our vision is to be a resilient, inclusive and innovative library that continually learns and adapts to meet the changing needs of our community.
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves as the public library for six communities in central Vermont. We have operated continuously as a library since 1895, with only brief interruptions for a polio epidemic in 1917, the Spanish Flu in 1918, the great flood of 1927, the Flood of 1992 and the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. The Senator Patrick J. Leahy Wing was added in 2001. We currently serve the City of Montpelier and the Towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester; a population over 17,000.
Unfortunately the Library does not have a parking lot. There is metered parking on Main Street and School Street.
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Did you Know?
You can find the high water mark for the flood of 1927 on the column to the right of our main desk.
In WWII, the Library hosted the Vermont Council of Safety and became the local District Warning Center.
Senator Patrick Leahy is a significant library benefactor! His earnings from appearances in the Dark Knight Trilogy of Batman movies have gone directly to benefit the library!
Look more closely at the bench near the sidewalk near School Street - it's really a Time Capsule! The Time Capsule was buried in 1991 and won't be opened until 2091.
Long before the KHL, Montpelier had multiple libraries: In 1794 there was a circulating library of 200 volumes on history, biography, and travel (no fiction, From 1814-1850, the Village Library Society offered a circulating collection, 1860-1880 the Agricultural Library circulated books and had two public reading rooms with newspapers and magazines.
The history of the KHL includes a contested will, a VT supreme court battle, and a rival library (the Montpelier Public Library Association).
facts courtesy of: Where the Books Are: A History of Vermont Libraries by Patricia W. Belding; A New Chapter, the Library's Capital Campaign booklet, by Ed Day; and Dying Well in Montpelier by Cynthia Mills. Republished here with permission.