A Very Brief History of the Library

The Perrot Memorial Library is located in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, a Long Island Sound seaside community which comprises the eastern portion of the Town of Greenwich. The library, named for John Perrot, a British loyalist and Old Greenwich’s first private schoolmaster, was founded in 1904 by his descendants.

The library moved from place to place until 1930, when architect D. Everett Waid donated a piece of land on Sound Beach Avenue, as well as plans for a Jeffersonian-style building. The Children’s Wing was designed by architect Mark B. Thompson and construction was completed in 1998. The new addition was funded by a a major gift from the Radcliffe Family and donations from many members of our community. The interior of the Children’s Wing was built to resemble a village green.

Perrot Library is a public library that is privately owned by the Perrot Library Association. We are affiliated (and share a catalog and patron database) with the larger Greenwich Public Library system. 

You can read a thorough written history of the library: Perrot: The Story of a Library, by local author Anne L. Macdonald.  Also available to borrow is an hour-long documentary entitled Perrot: The Story of a Small Town and its Dream for a Library. You may also view an online, children’s version of Perrot’s history.

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