Tours of the library and its collections are offered by appointment only.  Groups of five or more wishing tours should contact the library at least four weeks in advance.

Tours typically last about 30 minutes and include a walk through the interiors library building and an introduction to the history of the library, Horace Walpole, the Lewises, the buildings and property in Farmington, and the fine and decorative arts collections. Library stacks and work areas are not open to the public, nor is the the Cowles House.*

Please note that  it is not possible to browse the books, manuscripts, graphic works, and other research collection materials.

*The Cowles House is currently under renovation and not available to be viewed during the tour. 

Please contact Susan Walker, Head of Public Services, 860-677-2140, or