About Us

Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing free public library services to the town of Washington and the surrounding communities and to promoting literacy, education and the preservation of the Town’s history and culture. The corporation operates and maintains a bustling, modern Library and a Museum located on the Town’s historic green.

Founded in the late 1800s and named in honor of Frederick W. Gunn, Gunn Memorial Library has evolved as an integral hub for the community. As a public institution that offers free services to anyone who walks through its doors, the collections and offerings of the Library have grown to meet the complex needs of a diverse population. Young and old, people from all walks of life use and enjoy our facilities, which have become a magnet for human contact and a place to garner knowledge and information.

Sustained by the generosity of community-minded residents, we strive to provide a variety of opportunities to the public. Our menu of programming increases with frequency and variety. Use of the building, as a community space, a place to interact with neighbors, discuss current topics, or enjoy a quiet afternoon, has become an important part of our planning. Yet our beginnings dictate our main thrust, and the circulation of materials in varied formats, providing reader advisory, supplying digital access, and always offering helpful, friendly service, remain at the forefront of our day.

To sign up for a new library card, you need:

  • To be a Washington Resident
  • Show proof of Washington residency (any official documentation showing your Washington address)

You can come into the library and fill out our application for a library card or you can fill out a form here.

Fees and Fines
$1.00 per day for DVDs
$  .10 per day for other items; $.05 children
$2.00 Library Card Replacement

Borrowing Period
Three weeks for most items
7 days for new books and most DVDs
3 days for NEW DVDs
14 days for new non-fiction books, non-fiction DVDs and magazines
Most items may be renewed in person, by phone or at our website unless on reserve
DVDs are not renewable