An icon of Branford architecture, the James Blackstone Memorial Library has been overlooking downtown Branford since…More 1896. Named for James Blackstone, a Branford native, the library was made possible through a generous gift from Blackstone's son, Timothy Blackstone who was president of the Chicago & Alton Railroad.
A beautiful rotunda welcomes guests into the library, which hosts three floors of books and media for browsing. Come by to find the latest releases or inquire about the plethora of Branford history, which is accessible in the reference section.
The upper floor of the library boasts a robust children's collection and interesting views of the library's medallion portraits on the interior of the dome.
The first floor is home to a well-lit reading room perfect for spending a quite afternoon with a newspaper, magazine or book of your choice. And also feel free to find your news online using your own personal computer and free Wi-Fi or sign-up for one-hour sessions on the library's public computers.
Beautiful during every season, the main exterior staircase of the library is the spot for Branford High School prom photos come spring.