- 1797 – Prominent Citizens petition legislature for a library.
- December 9, 1797 – Nottingham West Social Library incorporated.
- Members charged small fees and dues.
- Used for nearly 50 years then dissolved.
Nottingham West Social Library
According to Kimball Webster’s History of Hudson, N.H., prominent citizens Eleazer Cummings, Joseph Greeley, Samuel Marsh, John Pollard, Phineas Underwood and Joseph Winn petitioned the New Hampshire State Legislature for a library. Nottingham West Social Library was incorporated by the Legislature on December 9, 1797. NWSL was not a free library; members were charged small fees and dues to purchase books and manage the library. There is no known information as to where the collection was housed. Citizens in town accessed the books for nearly fifty years. The proprietors dissolved the association and dispersed the books among themselves.