Mission: The Public Library of New London was founded in 1892 on the bequest of whaling merchant Henry Philemon Haven. The Library serves the needs of the New London community by providing free access to a diversity of ideas and information through a variety of library materials, services, and experiences. The Library features current, high-demand and high-interest materials in a variety of formats. At the same time, the Library assists those in educational programs and serves as a gateway to learning for children.
The Public Library of New London gets involved in many different campaigns to both increase literacy and offer services/resources to the public. It is also an important source of entertainment for NL residents. But, it is often overlooked by those seeking to donate to a charity. That may be due to the mistaken impression that it is owned and operated by the City of NL. It is not. It is a non-profit organization.