The Kilton Public Library opened in July 2010 in West Lebanon. The original fundraising effort was championed by a gift of 1.3 million dollars given to the library by James and Wilmena Kilton of West Lebanon. This gift was used to purchase the land where the library now resides. The library was previously known as the West Lebanon Library and had been housed across the street from the current location since 1909.
As the 1st LEED Gold new library in New Hampshire, the Kilton Public Library is a demonstration of sustainable strategies. Key features include:
- ground source heat pumps
- radiant floor slabs throughout
- automated daylighting controls
- occupancy sensor lighting in bookstacks
- low flow plumbing
The Kilton Library serves as a community hub by providing three meeting rooms that are available to the public including one that seats up to 120 people and is available even when the library is closed. In addition to the meeting rooms, the library offers a gallery space showcasing the works of local artists and Lebanon students, a full kitchen, a sophisticated AV system and a beautiful courtyard. As of 2015, the Kilton library will also be the site of sixteen community garden beds which are available on a first-come first-served basis.