Fuller Public Library
29 School Street
Hillsborough, NH 03244
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Hours of OperationMonday & Friday: 12:00 5:00
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 8:00
Saturday: 9:00 1:00
Wednesday & Sunday: Closed
The library was established in 1877 by the bequest of Mark W. Fuller. With a little over 300 volumes, Fuller Public Library was opened to the public in a rented room in the Whittemore Block. The library is now located in the historic NH Gov.
John Butler Smith Home, which was deeded by his heirs to the town in 1926 for use as a Community Building. The library recently received the NH Preservation Alliance Merit Award for its extensive renovations to the building.
Where former New Hampshire Governor John B. Smith greeted guests to his home a century ago, patrons of Hillsborough’s Fuller Public Library today go to check out books. This building, a tremendous source of pride for the Governor and his family, is no less an asset to our community today.
Smith’s homestead was formerly the property of the heirs of Hiriam Bell, being given indeed to Smith through Mary Bell in 1880. Soon afterward, Smith and his family took up residence and made some modifications, including the addition of a Mansard roof. Later they hired architect William Butterfield to incorporate the original structure into a grand plan that would become the building we know today.