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Flower Memorial Library
Yvonne Reff,
Library Director

Next to City Hall
229 Washington St.
Watertown, NY  13601

Ph: (315) 785-7705
Fx: (315) 788-2584


Monday - Thursday:
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday & Saturday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday: Noon to 5 PM

Genealogy Department

Monday - Saturday
Noon - 4:00 PM

We hope you will enjoy seeing the library the was called "The most beautiful small library in the United States" when it was dedicated in 1904.

The Flower Library was not the first library in Watertown. The Watertown Social Library was established in 1805 and the Watertown Franklin Library was disbanded in 1834 and the Young Men's Association had a library collection which was destroyed in the great fire of 1849.

In 1890, there were 3 libraries in Watertown.  The Watertown High School had 700 volumes, the St Joachim's Academy had 490 volumes and the YMCA had 1130 volumes.

At the same time, many of the Watertown citizens started discussing a public library, Peter Howard made a $100 towards the new public library.  In order to obtain more funding, a group of Watertown citizens approached Andrew Carnegie for funding for the library.

Emma Taylor Flower who was living in New York City at the time, heard about this and offered to build a library in honor of her father.

On April 8, 1901, the people of Watertown gratefully accepted her offer and in 1903 the cornerstone was laid.

A new addition was started in March 1975 and completed June 1976. 

In 1980 the Flower Library was entered on the National Register of Historic Places.