100 Main Street ~ PO Box 960  Alton NH  03809-0960    


Gilman Library

Alton's first library was established in 1892 as Alton Free Public Library when the Town agreed to accept $100 worth of books from the State and appropriate $50 as a prerequisite for accepting the gift.  The original library was located above the Laban G. Welch Drugstore across from Monument Square.

In 1914, benefactor Oliver John Morrison Gilman drew up a will donating $10,000 to the town "for the purpose of purchasing land and the erection of a public library building," to be released upon the death of his widow.  Gilman died in 1915 and his widow passed away in 1927.   The monies were kept at interest until an amount deemed sufficient for construction had accumulated.

By 1950, the amount had doubled to $20,000.  A portion of land, in the center of town on Main Street, was donated by Lewis P. Varney, in memory of his son, Robert, and construction on that property began.   The Town voted to appropriate $3,000 from the Post-War Fund to enable completion of the project.   The little brick building at 100 Main
Street was dedicated as and renamed in honor of Gilman, in a ceremony held on November 9, 1951.

The Gilman Library was expanded in 1997, to add two spacious wings, symmetrically on each side of the original building, with the corresponding enlargement of the basement to include a large meeting room, kitchenette, restrooms, and a ‚Äčwheelchair-accessible elevator.  The renovation was in keeping with the period style of the original building and offers. both a modern comfort with the cozy warmth of a bygone era, simultaneously maintaining history while keeping up with technology.

Send an Email to an individual staff member
Holly Brown, Director: hollybrown@gilmanlibrary.org
Roza Benoit, Assistant Director: rozabenoit@gilmanlibrary.org
Mary Edgerly-Mann, Aide: maryedgerlymann@gilmanlibrary.org
Lily Yari, Aide:  lilyyari@gilmanlibrary.org
Pamela Martin, Aide:  pammartin@gilmanlibrary.org


Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. 


John Pohas, Chair
Betty Jane Meulenbroek, Secretary
Kristine Simone, Treasurer
Nancy Merrill

Unless otherwise posted, the Gilman Library Board of Trustees meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the Library.

Friends of the Library
Throughout the years, the Friends of Gilman Library have sponsored numerous fundraisers and programs.  Founded in 1980,  the Friends have proven to be a real asset to the library.  For more information regarding how you can become a member of this group, stop at the circulation desk and ask for our Library Director, Holly Brown. 


Holly Brown,  Director
Roza Benoit,  Assistant Director
Mary Edgerly-Mann,  Aide
Lily Yari,  Aide
Pamela Martin,  Aide 



Phone: (603) 875-2550 Text: (603) 267-4302