Otis Library

Plaque sponsored by the Otis Library

Located on Union Square

Once upon a time in Norwich… Joseph Otis, who had earned his fortune elsewhere, returned to his hometown at the age of 70, and wishing to do something lasting for the people of Norwich, founded a public library in his name on this spot. He purchased the land and planned to have the library built after his death, but at the urging of his pastor, he completed construction of the building during his lifetime.

Opening in 1850, under the administration of Otis’ handpicked Board of Trustees, Otis Library served the city at this location until relocated to Main Street in 1962.