220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Reference: ext 213
Circulation: ext 239 or ext 218
Children’s Room: ext 201
Manager, Borrower Services: Patti D’Amario
Manager, Public Services: Jean Canosa-Albano
Manager, Technical Services: Ann Keefe
PVTA Bus Routes: G3, B6, B7
Monday: 12 – 8 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 12 – 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 am – 5 pm (Sept – May; closed in summer)
Since its opening in 1912, the Central Library, a “center of intellectual life,” has given entrance to the State Street corridor. Solidly built of white Vermont marble with immense rooms and corridors, this library has a history of serving working people, at one time open 365 days per year! More than a collection of books and materials, it is an impressive yet inviting community-gathering space. The original 1871 red brick library building, temporarily and ingeniously moved back 200 feet while the current building was under construction, is long gone. Today’s building, an Andrew Carnegie Library, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Rotunda was restored to its original elegance in 1998; the building is on the State Historic Register and is part of the Quadrangle-Mattoon Historic District in the City. Also solid is the history of the men and women who have guided the library. In 150 years only eight library directors have preceded the current director, Molly Fogarty.
The Central Library boasts large and varied collections, free wifi, and Internet access on public computers, plus many programs for children, teens and adults. Children’s storytimes, book groups, and free computer classes are among the most popular.
The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC), consisting of books and other resources especially appropriate for teachers and caregivers working with young children, is housed in the Children’s Room at the Central Library. The ECRC is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DECC).
The Springfield City Library is a part of the Foundation Center Funding Information Network, a nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies which provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases. The area’s print collection is kept at the Central Library.
New titles recently added at the Central Library.
Children: Six internet computers. Each session lasts 30 minutes. Children may have two sessions per day. Headphones are provided.
Adults and Teens: 32 computers available in Wellman Hall. Two one-hour sessions allowed per day with your valid library card. No headphones. Earbuds for $1 and flash drives for $5 are available at the Reference Desk
Computer Lab: The computer lab on the lower level is reserved for computer classes.
Parking: Visitors to the Central Library may park for free in the lot directly across State Street. A few accessible spaces are located in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral (church next to the Central Library) on State Street. Accessible parking is also available in the small lot between the Smith Art Museum and the Science Museum (enter via the driveway to the right of the library, next to the Cathedral).
Community RoomThe Community Room on the lower level is available to the public by application when this room is not needed for library purposes. This room may be reserved for use by educational, civic, cultural, and governmental groups. Click here for information about booking the Community Room.
Click here for a Central Library floor plan.
For more information about the history of the Central Library, download our brochure.