The Goodnow Library is an historic public library building located at 21 Concord Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts. It is named for Sudbury-native John Goodnow II, who died in 1851 and left to the town of Sudbury a 3-acre (1.2 ha) site for a library, $2,500 to build it and $20,000 to buy books and to maintain it. Construction of the two-story octagon-shaped building began in 1862 and was finished in 1863. In the 1990s it was expanded to its present size, but the original octagon survives as a reading room.[1][2][3]

Goodnow Library
Goodnow Library, December 2012, South Sudbury MA.jpg
Goodnow Library: Sudbury, Massachusetts
Goodnow Library is located in Massachusetts
Goodnow Library
Goodnow Library is located in the United States
Goodnow Library
Location21 Concord Rd., Sudbury, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°21′47″N 71°25′2″W / 42.36306°N 71.41722°W / 42.36306; -71.41722Coordinates: 42°21′47″N 71°25′2″W / 42.36306°N 71.41722°W / 42.36306; -71.41722
ArchitectJoseph R. Richards, et al.
Architectural styleRomanesque, Octagon Mode
NRHP reference #02000549 [1]
Added to NRHPMay 22, 2002

On May 22, 2002, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ History of Sudbury, MA - Part IV[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Floor plan of present library showing octagon". Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-06-27.

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