Built in 1867, the Library serves as a memorial to the 39 Lancaster soldiers who died defending the principles of freedom during the Civil War. Rather than a statue on the green, the choice for a memorial was

“a free public library, with well laden shelves, a reading-room, and needful appliances. In this should be a pure white marble tablet, bearing in letters of gold the names of the honored dead, so that every youth coming for a book should have the memorial with its lesson always before him” (Memoir of Nathaniel Thayer, 1885).

Mission Statement

The Thayer Memorial Library (“Library”) is a free public library serving the historic town of Lancaster, a growing community in central Massachusetts. The Library’s mission is to offer access to quality materials and services that satisfy recreational needs, support educational & informational inquiries, advance the free flow of ideas, and enhance the quality of life for all people of Lancaster.