About Us

Whittemore Plaque ResizedChocorua, New Hampshire is a rural village nestled among mountains and lakes of pristine beauty. Mt. Chocorua is a spectacular and dramatic mountain rich in history and recreational opportunities. With Lake Chocorua at the foot of the mountain range, this natural beauty creates one of the most scenic views in New England.

Not far from the mountain is the Chocorua Public Library. It is one of the few privately funded libraries in New Hampshire which is open for public use. The library is solely maintained by an active board of trustees, dedicated staff, and a supportive community. Founded in 1888 by Boston educators and businessmen to provide literacy opportunities for Chocorua’s summer and year round residents, the Chocorua Public Library continues to be a prominent community facility in Chocorua Village.

Originally funded by subscription for Chocorua residents, library privileges were extended to include all of Tamworth in 1891. At the time, library participation came at a cost of $1.00 per subscriber. Today, the library is free and open to all who wish to acquire a library card, use computers and attend programs.

The library had first been housed in the Chocorua Post Office and later in small, damp quarters in the “old” Runnells Hall. In 1969, in conjunction with Runnells Hall and thanks to a generous bequest from Elizabeth Whittemore, Chocorua Public Library was able to construct its own building. The library is comfortable and well lit, creating a living room atmosphere rich with conversation, books, and community.

Currently, Chocorua Public Library actively participates in local library cooperatives, the state of NH library system, and offers large library services with small library friendliness. The library continues to expand its technology sources and develop its programs to accommodate community needs and interests. All of this while retaining its history as a rural library with a great collection of books!