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Storybrooke Library
Storybrooke Location
General Information
Status: Damaged (broken clockface)
Affiliation: Neutral
Character Affiliations
Owner: Mr. Gold
Show Information
First appearance: "Pilot"
Latest appearance: "The Jolly Roger"
Relevant Pages

The Storybrooke Library, also known as the Storybrooke Clock Tower, is a Storybrooke location on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


When the Evil Queen cast the Dark Curse, she and many inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest are transported to the newly created town of Storybrooke. Below the main floor of the library, she imprisons Maleficent in her dragon form deep below the surface to guard a trigger. Time becomes frozen, and none of the trapped residents can age or are aware of the restraints holding them in place. The clock tower's hands never move, and stay stuck at eight-fifteen. The Evil Queen assumes the role of Storybrooke's mayor, Regina, and has an adoptive son, Henry, who believes in the curse. One day, he leaves town and returns with his birth mother, Emma. Forced to drive the boy all the way back to Storybrooke, Emma briefly steps out her car and notices the clock is at eight-fifteen. Henry quickly explains how, in his whole life, that clock has never moved because of the curse's effects. While they talk, Henry's therapist, Archie, stops by to question why he skipped out on their scheduled session. Henry tells him that "he went on a field trip" and Archie advises him that lying—giving into one's dark side—never accomplishes anything. When Archie leaves, Henry prattles on to Emma that everyone trapped within the town does not remember what had happened or their past lives in the Enchanted Forest. Henry believes that simply bringing Emma back to Storybrooke will make time move forward as he strongly suspects she is the savior who will save everyone. Later, he pleas with her to stay in Storybrooke for a week, and perhaps then she will believe in the curse. Emma quickly bonds with Henry, and is undeterred when Regina warns her to stay away from her son. Only then, she decides to take Henry's advice and checks into the bed and breakfast for a week stay. That same night, Henry stares out his bedroom window at the clock face of the library building and watches the minute long hand move for the first time. He smiles, realizing that Emma is staying in town, after all. ("Pilot")

The next morning, Regina is shocked to hear the clock tower chime for the first time. On her way to work, she glares at the clock in disbelief. Archie, on his daily walk with Pongo, comments in wonder if someone finally fixed the clock. ("The Thing You Love Most")

To save Henry from the Sleeping Curse, Mr. Gold instructs Emma to bring back a true love potion he hid in the belly of a beast in his previous life. Emma and Regina enter into the first floor of the clock tower, which is an abandoned library. There is an elevator that goes down one floor, and Regina operates the switch while Emma steps in. She battles the dragon form of Maleficent. After piercing the creature with a sword, she collects the remaining potion. ("A Land Without Magic")

Belle grows increasingly concerned with Mr. Gold's unwillingness to talk to her about his reason for still using magic. Fed up, she seeks refuge at the diner where a waitress, Ruby, offers her a room at the inn and also suggests she take a look at the boarded up library. Belle goes to glance at the inside of the library from an outside window when a stranger, William Smee, surprises her by asking for change. She replies she has none, but William suddenly grabs and kidnaps her to another location. Her father, Moe, asked William to bring her to him. He is unhappy Belle is still with Mr. Gold, and makes William send her down a mine shaft car in the hopes of crossing the town border and losing her memory. Belle is rescued by Mr. Gold, but she wants nothing to do with him. Ruby shows her a key to the library someone left for her. Once Belle unlocks the door to go in the library, Mr. Gold reveals he is the one who wanted her to have the key. She is grateful for the gesture, but doesn't want to go back with him. Mr. Gold finally opens up to Belle, and admits he wants to retain magic to find his long lost son. Having told her the truth, he begins leaving, but Belle decides they can start over and invites him to join her for a hamburger snack at the diner. ("The Crocodile")

The town mechanic, Billy, is killed in a gruesome fashion. Since it the first curse-free wolfs time just passed, everyone suspects Ruby of having transformed into a wolf and mauling him to death. District attorney Albert rallies the angry townspeople and calls for Ruby to be punished, but temporary sheriff David continues to protect her from harm. In fear the townspeople will storm the sheriff's office jail cell where Ruby is being kept, he and Granny hide her in the library with Belle's help. Ruby believes herself to be guilty, and tries to atone by chaining down Belle while she goes to face the mob of townspeople. The hunt is put to a stop when David and Granny find evidence Albert framed Ruby for his own crime. ("Child of the Moon")

Belle continues cleaning up the library so it can be opened sometime in the future. One day, she receives a visitor whom she is startled to recognize as Hook. She runs from him, but is not able to escape the library. Belle pins Hook underneath a bookcase and hides in the elevator while she calls Mr. Gold for help. Hook uses his hook to break into the elevator, but he is no match for the dexterity of the elevator. ("The Outsider")

Regina visits an amnesiac Belle in the hospital, and uses magic to force her unconscious. Then, she rummages through Belle's pursue until she finds a binary number for a book that presumably guards the location of Mr. Gold's dagger. She, Cora and Hook search the library shelves for the book. After realizing the book is gone, Cora find a map in its place which Hook is able to translate. They discover the location of the dagger, Cora sees no more use for Hook and flings him into a bookshelf so she and Regina can have the weapon to themselves. She explains that they will use the dagger to manipulate Mr. Gold into killing David, Emma and Mary Margaret. ("Manhattan")

David and Mary Margaret persuade Emma, while she is in New York City, to procure the true location of the dagger from Mr. Gold. The pair find the dagger hidden in the minute hand of the tower's clock face, but Cora and Regina threaten to kill Mary Margaret's dear friend Johanna if they do not hand over the weapon. Mary Margaret, unable to bear seeing Johanna suffer as Regina crushes her heart, surrenders the dagger. Satisfied, Regina shoves the heart back into Johanna's chest while Cora picks up the dagger. Mary Margaret waits with open arms as Johanna rushes to her, but Cora cruelly kills the woman by flinging her out the clock face. ("The Queen Is Dead")

List of Locations

For detailed location information, please see the list of Storybrooke Clock Tower locations.




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