In 1830 nearly 100 Gloucester residents met and formed the Gloucester Lyceum. The purpose of the organization was to bring community members together to participate in lectures and debates which fostered ideas and information. The Lyceum inevitably led to the formation of a library. Through the generous donations of Samuel Sawyer, a local businessman and philanthropist, the library collections and building were acquired. The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library is the literary and cultural center of the city. The library has a collection of over 100,000 items, a wide variety of programs and cultural events, and a friendly, service-oriented staff. The library reaches near and far, both in the library and with our wireless internet access, online databases, and digital collections.
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