Since it first opened its doors at the end of the 19th century, The Ferguson Library has been the heart of the Stamford community, a place of learning and education, a gathering place where people could meet and exchange ideas. Sometimes even a place to come in out of the cold for a while. As Stamford grew and changed, The Ferguson Library grew along with it. In 1911, The Ferguson became a free public library, embracing the concept that knowledge should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay.
The Ferguson now serves nearly a million visitors each year, and countless others access our online services. But our core values haven’t changed. The commitment to supporting lifelong learning, and providing free and equal access to information is still at the heart of our mission.
John Day Ferguson
John Day Ferguson was born in New York City in 1832 and moved with his family to Stamford when he was ten years old. He graduated from Trinity College in 1851, and after studying law privately, began a legal practice in New York City. He eventually came back to Connecticut, and in 1866 was elected to represent Stamford in the state legislature. Ferguson later served three years as a probate judge.
John Day Ferguson was passionate about education, and helped establish and promote the Stamford Public School system. Mr. Ferguson died in 1877 at age 45. In his will, he left a bequest of $10,000 to open a public library in Stamford, an institution he considered vital to public education. Ferguson’s $10,000 bequest was contingent on the citizens of Stamford donating another $25,000. On January 29, 1880, the new library was named The Ferguson Library in honor of its farsighted benefactor, John Day Ferguson.
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|Columbus Day *||Monday, October 12|
|Veterans’ Day *||Wednesday, November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 26|
|Christmas Eve||Thursday, December 24|
|Christmas Day||Friday, December 25|
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Mission of the Friends Book Shop
We sell quality used books at reasonable prices to provide financial support for
the mission of the Friends of Ferguson Library.
The Friends of The Ferguson Library operates the
only retail used book shops in lower Fairfield County. The shops are
located at the Main Library and the Harry Bennett branch. Shops are
open during Library hours. The shops offer gently used books, movies and music at reasonable prices. All items are donated by members of the community, and most books are priced at $5 or less. All proceeds support the library.
receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the Book shop and Starbucks
adjacent to the Main Library.
What to donate, where to bring your donations, and tax receipts.