Mission Statement

Acton Public Library seeks to build a welcoming community with free and open access to information and experiences that engage the imagination, inspire learning, and foster the exchange of ideas. (Updated October 12th, 2021).

The Acton Public Library serves the residents of Old Saybrook by providing many options for recreation as well as informational and educational needs. In addition to the traditional library function of providing materials, the Library also sponsors concerts and performances for entertainment, author talks and book talks, lectures, films, and craft programs.

The Acton Library is a member of the LION (Libraries Online, Inc.) consortium. There are about 30 libraries in LION. The catalog contains the full collections of the member libraries which can be searched simultaneously or by individual library. From the catalog, a patron can request any title, and, subject to the policies, an available item will be retrieved and sent to the patron’s library. The combined catalog of LION includes over 800,000 unique titles, and more than 2.5 million items in the local collections. Old Saybrook patrons have access to the combined catalog and, this past year, over 6,000 items were borrowed from member libraries for Old Saybrook residents’ use. Library users can access the catalog through the Internet, renew and reserve items, check the status of their accounts, and maintain their borrowing history. LION also offers audio and e-books through the OverDrive interface, and digital magazines through the RB Digital interface. Our library users enjoy direct access to many more resources because of the shared collections. LION also provides behind-the-scenes support for our library; our computer maintenance is handled by LION in a very cost-efficient manner.