A Quick Tour of Bixby Memorial Library, one of Addison County’s Architectural and Cultural Treasures
On the first floor
the Lobby beneath the dome
the Children’s Room straight ahead
the Community Room is to the left with 3 computers available to patrons
and the main stacks, original circulation desk and Lois Noonan Vermont Room are to the right.
On the 2nd Floor
Accesible by stair lift
the 1/2 Round Room with 3 patron computers and ADA accessible bathroom with changing table straight ahead
the Kerr Room is to the right and is great for a small meeting or study session
The once named Museum Room to the left is under construction and not open to the public.
On the Lower floor
Is the Otter Creek Room or OCR which is a great space to host your meeting or presentation. It can fit 30 people and is ADA accessible. There is an ADA bathroom along with a changing table. The space is easily accessible from the back parking lot.
Constructed of yellow tapestry brick, with Indiana limestone columns and Vermont stone foundation, Bixby Memorial Library is designed in classic greek Revival style around the central rotunda, with a stained glass dome overhead and four sets of three hollow steel columns covered with scagliola (to resemble marble) at the four corners of the rotunda on the first floor. Entering the building through heavy oak double doors, one stands in the rotunda, the large Community room to the left, the children’s room straight ahead and the main desk, stacks, mezzanine and Lois Noonan Vermont Room to the right. A marble staircase rises on both sides above the front entrance, leading to the second floor rooms and inner balcony. Accessed by 2 pairs of double doors in the community room, the west-facing porch overlooks Otter Creek and the Adirondacks.
The Bixby Memorial Free Library is listed on the National and State of Vermont Historic Register.