Over 8,000 books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and more
3 computer stations with hi-speed Fiber Connect Broadband service
FREE programs every month for the whole family, including movie nights, our monthly book group, preschool story-time, summer concert program, and art shows
Interlibrary Loan Service
Book delivery for home-bound patrons
Passes for local attractions—Free or reduced admission to: Ben and Jerry's Billings Farm and Museum ECHO Museum (reduced admission) Shelburne Farms (2 family passes) Shelburne Museum Vermont State Parks Vermont Historic Sites Parks Vermont's History Museum
Thanks to the generous support of Green Mountain Power, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has sent us a library pass for FREE admission to the Fairbanks Museum AND FREE admission to regular presentations in their Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium.
Printing, Copy, Scanning and Faxing Services
High Speed Wireless Internet
Please note the wireless connection is turned off on Wednesdays from 9 - noon and 3 - 5, and Saturdays from 9 - 1 to meet the needs of people with WIFI sensitivity. The internet is still available during these times on the library's public access computers and ethernet connection cords are available for those bringing their laptops. Thank you for your understanding.
Board of Trustees Jaquith Public Library trustees are entrusted to manage library funds and support the librarian for the benefit of the library. Trustees serve as a link with Marshfield residents and collaborate with the librarian to develop ways to best serve the local community. Trustees are elected to three year terms at town meeting.
Jaquith Library Trustees Jennifer Barlow, Chair Jane Caron Cathy Chodorkoff Sonia Carrasco Anne Reed
Trustee Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meeting agendas are posted prior to the meeting, and minutes are posted within one week of the meeting. Click the button below to access meeting minutes or the description of the trustee position.
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Marshfield has had a circulating library since before the Civil War. The earliest books found in the library have inscriptions as early as 1850.
In 1867, the Vermont General Assembly provided that “towns may establish and maintain public libraries for the use of the inhabitants thereof”, and in 1894, passed an Act which granted $100 in books to towns who appropriated $25 and established a board of trustees. Marshfield already had a circulating library at that time, but in 1895, accepted these provisions and received $100 in books and became a public library. There were 117 books in the first collection.
In 1899, a $6000 grant from the Jaquith family built the first library. Andrew Jaquith was born in Peacham and became a successful businessman in Templeton and Gardner, Massachusetts. He and his wife donated $1000 to the town of Marshfield for the care of cemeteries and $6000 for the founding and maintaining of a free library in Marshfield. After much discussion, the town accepted the gift and on November 16, 1899, four years after Jaquith's death, the library was dedicated.
In September 1992, the library was relocated to its current location at the Old Schoolhouse Common. The new location was chosen to provide handicapped accessibility, better parking, a convenient location and a building with additional resources such as kitchen facilities and outdoor space including gazebo, fields and playgrounds. The original library building, located on Cabot Road, is now a private residence.