Mason Square: NEW! Spanish Movies

¡Únete con nosotros para ver películas para niños en español! | Familias

These events are for children, although family members of children are encouraged to attend!

Mason Square Branch
March 2, April 13, May 11, June 8 | 12:00 PM  | Families

Join us for children’s movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Complimentary snacks and beverages.

Mensulmente cada segundo sábado | 12:00 PM | el sucursal de Mason Square | para familias

¡NUEVO! Películas en español ¡Únete con nosotros para ver películas para niños en español! ¡Haremos algunas páginas para colorear, mostraremos una película y comeremos palomitas de maíz!

Local History and Genealogy

Searching for you family history? Check out our local and national resources for genealogical research.

The Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.

All titles are catalogued and searchable in the online catalog. For a more comprehensive local history collection, including archival material, and assistance with genealogical research, please contact the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Central Library maintains a near-complete collection of City Directories dating back to 1866 through 1989, and a limited collection of Springfield college and public high school yearbooks dating from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Please contact the Wellman Hall reference desk with inquiries about these resources at 413-263-6828 ext 213 or use our Ask a Librarian reference form. City directories and yearbooks are also available for reference use at the Museum of Springfield History Library & Archives.

Digital versions of many of the Springfield Directories are also available courtesy of the Internet Archive.

The library offers access to Springfield newspapers on microfilm from 1900 to the present at the Central Library. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here. Please note that the library does not have access to the online archives prior to 1988, only to the index.

Access to the Springfield Republican database from 1988 to present is available. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. C/WMARS cardholders from Western Massachusetts visit your home library link for access.

Digital microfilm readers are available for self-service use. Librarians are available for assistance. Springfield newspapers prior to 1900 are held at the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History on Edwards Street off the Quadrangle. The Local History and Genealogy Archive is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am-4pm; first Saturday of the month, 11am-4pm; the reference desk number is 413-263-6800 ext. 230.

The library offers in-library access to the genealogical database, and remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders to HeritageQuest.

More Free Online Resources

Local and National Resources for Genealogical Research
Vital RecordsArchivesNewspapersHistorical Organizations Digitized BooksGeneral

Census Records – National Archives – The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every ten years since. Because of a 72-year restriction on access to the Census, the most recent year available is 1940. In-library access to the census is available through the  genealogical database,

City of Springfield, MassachusettsHow to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Commonwealth of Massachusetts –
Vital Records – Search Records of birth, marriage, and death (1841 – 1910)
Passenger Manifest Lists – Search for passengers arriving in the Port of Boston (1848 – 1891)
How to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Deaths 1897-1968
Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Marriages 1897-1968

Drouin Collection – – Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records, 1621-1968

The Ellis Island FoundationPassenger SearchShip Search

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records,

United States Social Security Death

Commonwealth or Massachusetts – Archives Collection – (1629 – 1799) – Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

Boston Public Library19th Century US Newspapers – Searchable full-page and article reproductions of newspapers from across the country. Massachusetts Coverage: Boston: Atlas, Congregationalist, Courier, Daily Advertiser, Emancipator & Republican, Investigator, Liberator; Lowell: Lowell Daily Citizen. New York Times (1851-2015) – Searchable full-page and article reproductions back to the first issue on Sept 18, 1851.

Obituary Database – The Obituary Database indexes obituaries appearing in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG), and the Boston Herald/Herald American (BH) from 1932–1941 and 1953–2010.

The above resources are available with a BPL eCard – If you are a Massachusetts resident and don’t already have a Boston Public Library card, you can register for one online.

Library of CongressChronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Springfield City Library – Available on Microfilm. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here.

Springfield Daily News – 7/3/1950-8/15/1972, 8/16/1972-9/30/1986
Springfield Morning Union & Sunday Republican – 1/1/1950-5/15/1954, 5/16/1954-4/10/1973, 4/11/1973-5/16/1987
Springfield Republican – 4/7/2003 –
Springfield Union News AM Edition – 6/1/1987-1/31/1994, 2/1/1994-4/6/2003
Springfield Union News PM Edition – 10/1/1986-6/19/1992

New England Historic Genealogical SocietyAmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. – 8 Lyle Road
New Britain, CT – Library and Resource Center

The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts – 33 South Street, Chicopee, MA – Research Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America

Western Massachusetts Genealogical SocietyResources

AmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Connecticut State LibraryHistory & Genealogy: Reference – Free Family History and Genealogy Records

Maine Genealogy – Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians

National Archives – Resources for Genealogists

Small Talk Springfield Parent Groups

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby’s development!

Sign up for Small Talk and participate in 13 FREE classes filled with learning, support and fun! Light refreshments and childcare are provided, and your child will receive a FREE book after each session.

About the classes: We’re providing a new program where you can learn how to help your baby’s brain grow through talk and play. Everything is free!

Benefits of Participating:

  • You will learn fun new ways to talk, read and play with your baby and receive feedback with an exciting new talk pedometer.
  • You will learn how these skills help your baby’s brain grow.
  • You will receive free baby supplies – and a chance to win gift cards!

Sign up if:

  •  Your child is 0-32 months old.
  • You have access to a cell phone.
  • Your schedule allows you to commit to attending the classes and completing the word counter recordings.

Join us!

We are always adding new sessions. Call to sign up or to ask questions.

Contact information:

Jean Canosa Albano
413-263-6828 x 291

Museum Passes

Check out our museum passes! Free or reduced admission to area Museums and Parks.

Zoo in Forest Park
293 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA

Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog

Admits: 5 people, any age.  Pass must be presented with a valid photo ID at the entrance; children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. May not be combined with any coupons or other offers, or used during paid special events. Pass privileges include a 10% discount at the gift shop.

Note: The pass does not cover the parking fee to enter Forest Park.

Massachusetts Annual Parks Pass
Please check the list of parks available with the pass in the catalog description.

Passes available at the Central Library – Check for availability in the catalog

The pass entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses and 15-passenger vans) at over 50 day-use facilites in the State Parks system that charge a parking fee.

Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Exploration Center
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT
(860) 572-5955

Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog

Pass valid for $5.00 off per person for up to four people. Good on general admission only. This offer cannot be copied or combined with any other offer. Pass cannot be used for special events and programs. Pass must be presented at time of admission. Pass may only be used once per day.
Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary, please see the Aquarium’s website for hours.

USS Constitution Museum
Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. MA
(617) 426-1812

Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog

Admits: Free admission. Limited to parties of 9 or fewer – 1 pass per party.
“The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ and the people associated with her. The museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including our interactive exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812!”
“This year [2015] is particularly exciting as restoration work is planned for USS Constitution. The ship is scheduled to enter dry dock in May right outside the museum’s front door. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the ship from a completely new perspective. We’re celebrating with a new exhibit about the ship’s construction – Forest to Frigate – opening this summer.”

Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA
(413) 322-5660

Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog

Wistariahurst Museum offers docent-led tours of the house during regular operating hours with open hours every Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12 and 4 p.m. Gardens and grounds open daily until dusk.

Hours vary according to season. Contact museum for hours.

Pass admits two adults. Valid for admission to one house tour OR one lecture, workshop, or concert (Reservations required for lecture, workshop, or concert admissions). Library Pass not valid for admission to fundraising events and select partner events, including the Nutcracker.


FYISpringfield Residents always have free general admission to the Springfield Museums. Five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are located right downtown next to the Central Library.

Come Explore!

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
(413) 263 – 6800

Free general admission for Springfield Residents during regular museum hours with valid ID. Visitors ages 3-17 accompanied by a non-Springfield resident adult must present a Springfield school ID.