The library for West Lebanon was originally constructed on Main Street in 1908. Due to an increase in patronage and resources, the original West Lebanon Library no longer had sufficient space to address the community's needs. The West Lebanon Library began fundraising for a new library with the initial gift of 1.3 million dollars from James and Willena Kilton of West Lebanon, which went towards purchasing the land where the new Kilton Library now stands. The West Lebanon Library was renamed to Kilton Library, and opened in July 2010 across the street from the former library location. Elements of the former West Lebanon Library were retained for use in the Kilton Library, such as the Palladian stained glass windows from Tilden Seminary alumnae in memory of their teacher Dr. Hiram Orcutt.
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 100 people. In addition to the meeting rooms, the library offers a gallery space showcasing the works of local artists, a kitchen, an AV system, and a beautiful courtyard. The Kilton Library is also the site of twenty-three community garden beds.
As the first 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