About Us

Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation providing free public library services to the town of Washington and surrounding communities.

Our mission: We are dedicated to the promotion of literacy, education, and preservation of the Town’s history and culture via the Gunn Historical Museum.

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.

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.

Gunn Memorial is committed to maintaining  an environment that is free of harassment and discrimination of any kind and where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.