Hepburn Library of Norfolk postcard dated 1922

The Hepburn Library of Norfolk is located at 1 Hepburn Street, Norfolk New York. Norfolk is nestled in St. Lawrence County which has a mix of small towns, farms and forests.

We are one of seven Hepburn libraries located in St. Lawrence County. The Hepburn Library of Norfolk serves the township of Norfolk by providing current high-demand, high-interest material in a variety of formats for persons of all ages.

The library also assists community members in discovering all the services, facilities and opportunities available through the library and promotes their interest in reading and learning.

The Hepburn Library of Norfolk’s primary role is to “open the Door to Learning” with a secondary role as a “Popular Materials” Library. To perform these roles the library has become an “Electronic Doorway Library”

The Hepburn Library of Norfolk was gifted to the Town of Norfolk by Alonzo Barton Hepburn. Mr. Hepburn was a locally born philanthropist and banker from Colton, NY. The building was designed by architects Rossiter & Muller and built in 1919–1920. It is a “T” shaped, cross gable roofed Georgian Revival style brick building on a full, raised basement. The library officially opened in November of 1921

Alonzo Barton Hepburn (July 24, 1846 – January 25, 1922)

The Library’s long range plan:

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How can you support the library?

The Library has an active Friends of the Library, and uses Amazon Smile & a wishlist which you can find here:


Donate books, DVDs and other materials to the library. We add many donated items to our collection each year. If we don’t add the items to the collection, they will go into the Friends of the Hepburn Library of Norfolk book sales to raise more money for the library.

Links to Newspaper Articles about the History of the Norfolk Library

Norfolk Library Proposition

Full notice of proposition, Norwood news., December 11, 1918, Page 8, Image 8

Norfolk Library Proposition, Norwood news., December 18, 1918, Page 5, Image 5

Hepburn sends tables to be used in social hall, The Republican-journal., January 19, 1922, Page 6, Image 6

Death of A. Barton Hepburn, Norwood news., February 01, 1922, Page 5, Image 5