Powerhouse of a Library: The Watkinson Celebrates 150 Years of Service

Exhibition at Trinity College Open Through December 2, 2016

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 26, 2016 –

WHAT: The Watkinson Library hosts the exhibit, “Powerhouse of a Library: The Watkinson Celebrates 150 Years of Service 1866-2016.” The Watkinson Library serves as a public research library, the rare book and special collections of the Trinity College Library, and the repository of the College archives. This exhibition tells the story of the Watkinson’s extensive history.

WHEN: September 5, 2016, through December 2, 2016

                     8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

WHERE: Watkinson Library

                         Raether Library and Information Technology Center

                         Trinity College, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106

(For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.)



On Tuesday, August 28, 1866 – 150 years ago – the newly constructed Watkinson Library opened in elegant oak-paneled rooms and alcoves in the Wadsworth Atheneum, with 12,000 volumes on the shelves. It grew 10 times larger over the next eight decades, and in 1952 it was given to Trinity College. Since it came to campus, the Watkinson has acted as a lodestone for gifts of important collections and single works of utmost rarity, provided the raw materials for advanced research, and mounted nearly 400 exhibitions over 60 years – all curated by students, faculty, staff, and others.

For more information, contact Head Curator and Librarian Richard J. Ring at 860-297-2266 or Richard.Ring@trincoll.edu.