A tradition of learning and imagining since 1868, The Goodrich Memorial Library envelopes you in its stunning woodwork, cozy fireplaced nooks and crannies, and the impressive staircase. You'll be drawn back in time with the grandeur and friendly access of books to peruse, computers to use and events happening for locals and out-of-town visitors as well. The first library, established in the town of Newport, was originated by Dr. John M. Currier in the spring of 1862. He conceived of the plan for a circulating library by having each member take two dollars' worth of stock and allowing stockholders to pay for their shares in books. Some of the books belonging to the first library passed along down through all the later organizations and are now found in the Goodrich library. Curl up in a chair by the fireplace and hook your laptop into the complimentary wireless internet service.