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Located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire on Squam Lake. The Holderness Library has been open to the public since 1911.
One of the founders of the library movement, Miss Ellen F. Terry (later Mrs. Charles F. Johnson) was an important figure in the development of the Holderness Library. Miss Terry had been in the habit of spending summers in Holderness, and when she left for the season in 1878, she gave Miss Sarah J. Perkins a number of books to be loaned to the townspeople.  

In 1893, the town voted to establish the library, and the books were taken from the house of Miss Perkins and placed in a room over Mr. Whitten's store. Dr. Talbot proposed to catalogue the books, and a large number were given to him for that purpose. It is said that the majority of these books have never been returned.
During the month of September 1906, Whitten's store burned, destroying the entire lot of books except for the eighteen that happened to be in the hands of some of the townspeople. The town made a fresh start and relocated the library to its present site. The Holderness Library is one of five structures in Holderness on the National Register of Historic Places.
The library now holds more than 16,000 items for loan; including books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, games, and more!