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Jeudevine Memorial Library

Hardwick, VT

The Jeudevine Memorial Library stands almost exactly as it did when it was donated to Hardwick in 1896, in memory of a beloved husband and son. Malvina Jeudevine not only intended her legacy to last, but infused it with the rich trappings of the gilded era, including elaborate stonework, spiral staircases, swaths of golden oak paneling and stained-glass windows. Children ever since have been walking wide-eyed into the building and asking, “Is this a castle?”


Mrs. Jeudevine could not have imagined the changes that have happened in the 120 years since the library opened its doors.  We still offer books and a beautiful building to find and enjoy them in, but there is so much more. 

We have movies, magazines, and audio books that can be checked out.  We have a number of computers for public use, both desktop and laptop, and free wifi accessible inside the building as well as 24/7 outside of the building.  We offer copying, scanning, and faxing services and help with computer questions.  If we don’t have the book you are looking for, we can interlibrary loan it for you for free. 

With a library card, you can access passes to museums and state parks, online classes, and audio and ebook downloads. However, over time, the town has grown and our lovely castle of a library has not.  It becomes harder and harder with each passing year to offer the town the services it should have, not to mention the rudimentary plumbing, including a basement bathroom reachable only by those nimble enough to traverse a narrow circular staircase!­­­­

And, yet, the building is in wonderful shape for its age. It has required only the most minimal maintenance for close to 100 years, and then in 1994 the furnace was replaced. In 2002, the slate roof was restored with the help of grant money from the Preservation Trust of Vermont, and then the mortar was repointed in 2006 with grant money obtained by Sen. Patrick Leahy from the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development. 

Between 2009 and 2011 there was drainage work done, the marble of the front entry was replaced, and, with the aid of an energy audit, the attic was super insulated. In the last few years we’ve had a new bulletin board (built and donated by Don Perrine), work on the windows, the window shades, the ceiling fans, and the addition of rugs and new shelving for the youth reading area.

All these amendments have been welcome, but they don’t begin to address the lack of space that prevents our library from becoming the kind of modern facility that draws patrons from every sector of the community. In the hundred years our library has been with us, public libraries have evolved into critical community hubs that provide services for at every stage of life, from picture books to retirement magazines and everything in between. 

A recent survey showed support for our library to include a community meeting space, outdoor reading areas, expanded free computer and technology services, a youth area separate enough for young voices to be raised, and of course more books! 

Are you looking to read a book that we don't have at our library? Get it through an interlibrary loan (ILL)! We can find many titles through the Vermont Department of Libraries and for the more hard-to-find titles we may be able to get it from out of state for you. Clicking here will bring you to the Vermont State Library catalog so you can browse what they have to offer.

In partnership with the Green Mountain Messenger (GMM) courier service, we're able to get a wide range of library media from all over Vermont and offer this to you as a free service! Every Friday, we receive and send out our ILLs with GMM. For a full list of participating libraries and their schedules, click here!

If we can't find the book through a fellow courier library or you need to get it ASAP we can always get it via post for you! This is also a free service but we do have to pay postage at an average of $2.50/book. Donations are more than welcome to help cover this cost but are never required to use this service.

We offer free WiFi for all! To access, simply connect to the Jeudevine Library WiFi in your list. If it doesn't automatically pop up once connected, load up our home page ( in your web browser and accept the terms and conditions of our web authorization page. Some devices may need to be restarted within our WiFi's range before a connection can be established. Our signal reaches nearby parking spots and we provide a picnic table out back, should you wish to access the internet when we are closed!


  • Copying: Black and white
  • Copying: Small batches of color copies
  • Faxing
  • Scanning
  • Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks
  • Free online courses
  • Year-round book sale
  • Adult and Juvenile Programs

Are you new to the world of computers or would like a hand with brushing up on your current skills? We're here to help! Some of what we can help you with:

  • General help and instruction with using computers.
  • Downloading audio books and e-books.
  • Setting up an e-mail account.
  • Browsing the web safely.
  • Using our databases.
  • Using Chilton’s Repair Manuals.
  • Finding legitimate medical information.
  • Using Career Transitions to build a resume and search for jobs.
  • And more!

One-on-one help is available for any level of experience. Give us a call to set up an appointment!


  • Monday: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed


  •  Monday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed


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Jeudevine Memorial Library

Lisa Sammet
93 North Main St.
Hardwick, VT 05843
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 536
Hardwick, VT 05843
Phone: 802-472-5948

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