The Rutland region is served by a number of public libraries, most notably the Rutland Free Library, one of the state’s largest. Founded in 1886, the Rutland Free Library houses more than 90,000 volumes. The library’s Nella Grimm Fox Room has become a leading center of area cultural events hosting lectures, concerts, panels, book discussion groups and many other presentations. In addition, there is active programming for children including films, puppet shows and story hours. The library boasts a fine reference collection and valuable Vermont historical collection.