In the years before 1982, the reading and research needs of the Inlet area were served by Bookmobile visits every two weeks and by small classroom libraries for the children. In 1982, a group of visionaries founded the Little Schoolhouse Library to meet the demands of the local and tourist population. Housed in the small, original school building at the Inlet Common School, it provided books and reference materials as well as library science instruction to the school’s students (and did so until the school’s closure in 2019).
Outgrowing its tiny space, the Little Schoolhouse Library transformed into the Town of Inlet Public Library in 1998, and relocated to the former Fire Hall in the center of town. It continues to offer books and reference services as well as the advancement of new technology including Wi-Fi, computers for patron use, audio books, DVDs and CDs, copies, faxes, scanning, a notary service and a used book room.