1850The circulating library started when Samuel E. Sawyer offered the Lyceum $100.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Cultural Institutions, Notable People

This money was given under the condition that the citizens would increase the sum to $1000. Unfortunately, it took three years and Mr. Sawyer increased his donation to $250 before the library came into being. The library was located at Spring and Duncan Streets at this time.

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library. Outline of History and Dedication of the Sawyer Free Library of Gloucester, Mass., Tuesday, July 1, 1884. Cape Ann Bulletin Steam Book and Job Print., 1884.
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