1796The Social Library was formed.Arts and Culture, Cultural Institutions

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Minutes of Town Meeting, March 13, 1797. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800, p. 434.

The library stored books in the grammar school. There were sixty members, with an annual assessment of two dollars. Despite the small budget, the society managed to slowly increase the collection, and had accumulated nearly two thousand volumes by 1830, when nearly all of the books were destroyed by the great fire.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800.
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