In the 1890s, Leonard Frost Aldrich bequeathed money for a free public library in Barre, VT. At the time, Barre City was still included in the Town of Barre. The Aldrich Library, which has been developed from the generous gift of Mr. Aldrich, still serves all of Barre. The library is operated by an autonomous Board of Trustees. The Town of Barre supports the library from tax revenues.
The Aldrich Library Board of Trustees recently completed a $1.6 million addition and renovation project to the original library first constructed in 1907. The Trustees also operate a satellite library in the village of East Barre. Recently the Aldrich library was selected to participate in Vermont's statewide broadband expansion project, Vermont Fiber. They now boost six WiFi hot spots inside the library.