Cromwell Belden Public Library
39 West Street
Cromwell, CT 06416
Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
On February 16, 1888, Cromwell residents held an official meeting to plan the creation of a town library. The constitution for the Cromwell Library Association was approved on February 29 of the same year, with many local people contributing to the fund for the establishment of a library, including Josiah Belden. Six weeks later, on April 7, he wrote a check for $1,000 for the new library; this sum would be equivalent to $28,000 today. The association recognized this donation by renaming the organization the Belden Library Association.
The library has since become a cornerstone of the Cromwell community. From its first location in the Academy building on Main Street, to the move to its present location in the Town Hall complex in 1986, to the renovation and expansion of that space in 2019, the library has grown and changed to accommodate the growth and modernization of Cromwell.
That most recent renovation was made possible in 2019 with a $1,000,000 grant from the Connecticut State Library. Renovation now complete, the library boasts extra space for programming and emerging technology. No longer just a home to a modest collection of books, the Cromwell Belden Public Library offers extensive resources, services, and programs to the community it serves.