Who We Are

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The Athenaeum fills two roles: it serves the people of St. Johnsbury by enriching their lives, and it stands as a regional and national treasure - a monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning. The Athenaeum is a legacy of the Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, inventors and manufacturers of the world's first platform scale, who gave the Athenaeum to the trustees of the institution in 1871. With his wealth Horace Fairbanks created a center of culture for the people of his town - a true "athenaeum."

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at a glance (PDF)

A brief history of St. Johnsbury (PDF)

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Hours of Operation

The Athenaeum is open during the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10am-5:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday: 2-7pm

Saturday: 10am-3pm

Sunday: Closed


From the South - Take I-91 Exit 20. Turn right onto US 5. At first stop sign (intersection of Railroad St. and Eastern Ave.) turn left onto Eastern Ave. The Athenaeum is on Main St. at the top of the hill.

From the North - Take I-91 Exit 21.Turn left onto US 2. Proceed one mile into St. Johnsbury. At first stop sign (intersection of Western Ave. and Main St.) turn left. The Athenaeum is on the left side of Main St. at the intersection of Eastern Avenue.

From I-89 heading South: Take Montpelier exit, follow US 2 East 40 miles to St. Johnsbury. Bear left at St. Johnsbury Academy. The Athenaeum is on the left, at the top of the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Main St.

Parking is available behind the Athenaeum or along Main St. or Eastern Avenue. Handicapped spaces are marked. Handicapped accessibility to the main floor of the Athenaeum is provided from the back parking lot.

Board of Trustees

Eileen Boland (Secretary)
Elizabeth Bucher Emerson
David Gile
William Graves
Lorraine Impey
Elinor Levy

Bruce Palmer

William Marshall (Chair)
Susan Quatrini
Mel Reis
Sandra Seidel
Thomas Wales
Brenda Wilkins (Treasurer)


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