History of the Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH

Old photo of the library

Below are linked an assortment of current and historical items relating to the history of the library.

1804 to 1981
History of libraries in Hampton from 1804 to 1981, from the Atlantic News , March 31, 1981
1881 to present
History of the library published in Peter Randall's Hampton: A Century of Town and Beach, and updated for the Internet.
19th Century
History of 19th century libraries in Hampton, from Dow's History of Hampton, including the section on the subscription library that predated the public library .
The Beginnings of the Hampton Public Library in 1881
Read about how the private Hampton Library Association became the Hampton Public Library in 1881.
Annual Reports
Read past annual reports of the library as published in the Hampton Town Report.
Library Volunteer Appreciation Receptions
Stories from local newspapers about the various parties we have held to recognize our many library volunteers.
The brochure from the dedication of the 1985 addition to the library.
A Seacoast Scene article on the ongoing construction of the library's addition
Story and photos relating to the library's move into temporary quarters in 1983 during the construction of the 1985 addition.
A Flavour of Hampton: Digital copy of the cookbook put out by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library (pdf)
A column by James Tucker in his " Our Town " column describing the addition made to the library in 1957
A collection of newspaper articles following the construction and opening of the 1957 library addition.
1957-58 photos
A collection of newspaper photos from the 1957 library addition and dedication
James Tucker advocates for a new library
A Hampton Union columnist's appeal for larger and better town library facilities, written in February 1957.
A short sketch on the library, written for the town's 300th anniversary in 1938
The brochure from the dedication of the 1910 library building.
A proposal for opening and maintaining a free, public reading room