Reopening News

Summer reopening news for Springfield City Library locations.

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 most library locations will reopen on a reduced schedule as follows:

Brightwood Branch, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park Branch, East Springfield Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch, and Sixteen Acres Branch:

Monday – 1pm-5pm
Tuesday – 1pm-5pm
Wednesday – 1pm-6pm
Thursday – 1pm-5pm
Friday – 1pm-5pm
Saturday – 11am-3pm*

*Brightwood will remain closed on Saturdays

Library Express at Pine Point:

Monday – 1pm-5pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 1pm-6pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 1pm-5pm
Saturday – Closed

The Central Library building will remain closed due to a lack of air conditioning.

Curbside pickup service will continue at all locations for those who prefer that option.

No indoor programming will be scheduled in the libraries during the limited summer hours.

Community rooms are still unavailable for booking.


Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 the Central Library and all branches will be open regular (pre-Covid) hours.


We will update you if anything changes – you can keep up to date with our Facebook, Instagram, or email newsletter.

Welcome To Your Library Videos

Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!

Central Library

Brightwood Branch Library

East Forest Park Branch Library

East Springfield Branch Library

Forest Park Branch Library

Indian Orchard Branch Library

Library Express at Pine Point

Mason Square Branch Library

Sixteen Acres Branch Library

Helping Eligible Springfield Residents Who Need Help Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

Springfied Library and Elder Affairs staff will assist eligible Springfield residents who do not have access to technology to book their vaccine appointments. 

From the City’s website:

Eligible Springfield Residents can Contact Springfield City Library and Department of Elder Affairs for Help Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announce that the Springfield City Library and the Department of Elder Affairs continue to take action to help eligible Springfield residents, especially senior citizens, who need assistance with booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointment at one of the city neighborhood vaccination sites.

Each vaccine site has a specific registration link unique to that neighborhood location. Those interested in getting their vaccine appointment must first register for an appointment by calling our Library and Elder Affairs Departments for further information.

Effective immediately, during open hours, Library and Elder Affairs staff will be available by phone to assist those eligible Springfield residents who do not have access to technology to book their vaccine appointments. In order to have a successful booking, people must have a checklist
of things at the ready:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Address (if experiencing homelessness, a temporary address or street intersection or other general description)
  • Phone number (preferably mobile)
  • Email address (if they have one)
  • Insurance information

The Library and Elder Affairs departments encourage those who need assistance to call their local branch during open hours: (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm). Saturday hours include: Central Library 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; East Forest Park, Forest Park, East Springfield, Indian Orchard, Mason Square and Sixteen Acres 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please note that Brightwood and Pine Point will not be open on Saturdays.

All library branches, with the exception of Pine Point, will be taking phone calls during their open hours. The contact information for the library branches are below:

Brightwood Branch: 413-263-6805
Central Library: 413-263-6828 ext. 215
East Forest Park Branch: 413- 263-6836
East Springfield Branch: 413-263-6840
Forest Park Branch: 413-263-6843
Indian Orchard Branch: 413-263-6846
Mason Square Branch: 413-263-6853
Sixteen Acres Branch: 413-263-6858

Residents can also contact the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with the necessary information ready. The City respectfully ask callers to be prepared to leave a message with their name and phone number so that a staff member can call the resident back in case there is no one immediate available. The contact information for the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center is below:

Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center: 413-787-6785

In addition, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and Behavioral Health Network (BHN) have partnered to provide vaccination appointments for Springfield residents. Those eligible Springfield residents can register for an appointment with BHN at the dates and times available by visiting the City of Springfield’s website at www.springfield-ma.gov and navigating to the city’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Information page.

Mayor Sarno states, “In order to help our residents who may not have access to technology, such as a computer or smart phone, our Springfield Public Library and Department of Elder Affairs will have staff on hand to assist those eligible residents with scheduling their vaccine appointment at one of our city vaccination sites. I want to thank Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield Library Director Molly Fogarty, and Elder Affairs Director Sandy Federico and their respective teams for their continued leadership helping our residents, especially our senior citizens, signup and troubleshoot any issues they may have in registering for a vaccine appointment. My administration will continue to move aggressively to provide assistance for all of our residents as we continue to work together with all of our partners and stakeholders in defeating this COVID19 Coronavirus pandemic.”

HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris stated, “It is critical that we work collaboratively to meet the public health needs of our residents, especially our seniors. I am grateful to the Departments of Elder Affairs and the Library system for their critical role in helping to make vaccine help available, particularly to our most underserved populations. I am also thankful to all of our local partners for helping to stand up our local neighborhood vaccination sites.”

It is important to note and understand that librarians and Elder Affairs staff are not able to give medical advice and are only capable of helping everyone understand the online forms and book the appointments. Please call your medical provider if you have any specific questions about vaccines before calling the libraries or elder affair.

Residents can visit the City of Springfield’s website and navigate to the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situational Update page for more information on registering for a vaccine appointments, the city’s vaccination sites, the Commonwealth’s vaccination timeline, and COVID-19 statistical information.

National Day of Racial Healing 2021

The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country, including The American Library Association (ALA) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19. On this day, thousands will celebrate our common humanity and take collective action toward a more just and equitable world.

The day was established in 2017 by leaders across the United States who wanted to have a day to take action together.  It is a day where people of all ages can come together to (adapted from healourcommunities.org):

  • Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  • Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and
  • Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

Visit our Facebook or Instagram on Tuesday, Jan. 19th for a recorded video storytime read by Children’s Services Supervisor, Ellen Sulzycki, that you can share with your family at your convenience. She will be reading Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham, a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice.

Resources

We also have additional reading suggestions for all ages:

And here is a guide to help get these very important conversations started:

The American Library Association also has issued a proclamation about the National Day of Racial Healing, which you can read here.

Virtual Events

You can see virtual events happening all around the country at this link, including a national livestream event at 3 p.m. ET.

ongoing efforts

The Springfield City Library is dedicated to continuing its work in these efforts and has ongoing community programming to reflect this.

Molly Fogarty, Library Director, notes that, “The National Day of Racial Healing is one important day, but the Springfield City Library is committed through its programming for all ages, including library collections and programs emphasizing economic and civic engagement, to support the critical work needed for racial healing in our community.” The Director and Board of Library Commissioners previously made a statement affirming the importance of Black Lives, which can also be seen on the library’s website.

 

Servicio en la Acera

La recogida de materiales en la acera comienza en todas las bibliotecas de Springfield.

Aunque todavía no podemos abrir nuestras puertas, queremos que consigan con seguridad los materiales de la biblioteca que quieran. A partir del lunes 8 de junio, empezaremos el servicio en la acera. ¡Nuestra recogida sin contacto en la acera es tan fácil como A, B, C!

Procedimiento de servicio en la acera
A. Solicite los artículos que le gustaría pedir prestados. (Ver cómo solicitar más abajo).

B. Le avisaremos cuando los materiales estén listos para ser recogidos, y programaremos una cita con usted para recogerlos.

C. Cuando sea su turno de recoger sus artículos, siga las señales en su biblioteca, llame al número indicado y le traeremos sus artículos para que los recoja.

Puede usar uno de los siguientes métodos para reservar libros, películas, videojuegos y música (sólo es necesario un método):

Favor de revisar la siguiente información:

  • Sólo puede reservar una cita para recoger materiales después de recibir un aviso de la Biblioteca de que sus materiales están listos. El personal le ayudará con este servicio.
  • Nuestrxs empleadxs usan máscaras para la seguridad de todxs. Requerimos que todxs nuestrxs clientes también usen máscaras faciales cuando vienen a recoger sus materiales.
  • Por la seguridad de nuestro personal y clientes, no abriremos nuestras puertas por ninguna razón. Si necesita ayuda, favor de llamarnos al número en el letrero que está fuera del lugar que está visitando.
  • Por favor, siga las instrucciones de los letreros fuera de la biblioteca: permanezca en su coche hasta que le indiquen que se acerque a la mesa de transferencia de materiales y no se acerque al personal mientras esté fuera.
  • Artículos como rompecabezas, títeres y kits no están disponibles en este momento.
  • Sólo aceptamos devoluciones en nuestros buzones, NO en la mesa de recogida
  • Por favor, tenga en cuenta que las multas no se aplicarán durante esta época de pandemia. Si ha acumulado multas, por favor, llámenos para ajustarlas.

También podemos imprimir algunos documentos para recoger en la acera. Póngase en contacto con su sucursal más cercana por teléfono o correo electrónico para obtener más detalles.

LOCATIONSMTWTFSSU
Central
220 State Street Springfield MA 01103
413-263-6828
Services9-59-59-59-59-59-512-5*
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-52-512-5*
Brightwood
359 Plainfield Street Springfield MA 01107
413-263-6805
Services9-59-510-69-59-5--
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-5--
East Forest Park
136 Surrey Road Springfield MA 01118
413-263-6836
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
East Springfield
21 Osborne Terrace Springfield MA 01104
413-263-6840
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Forest Park
380 Belmont Avenue Springfield MA 01108
413-263-6843
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Indian Orchard
44 Oak Street Springfield MA 01151
413-263-6846
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Library Express
at Pine Point

204 Boston Road Springfield MA 01109
413-263-6855
Services9-5-10-6-9-5--
Curbside Pickup2-5-2-6-2-5--
Mason Square
765 State Street Springfield MA 01109
413-263-6853
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Sixteen Acres
1187 Parker Street Springfield MA 01129
413-263-6858
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Read|Write|Now
Adult Learning Center

204 Boston Road Springfield MA 01109
ServicesCall 413-263-6839 for hours.
*Open Sundays from Labor Day until the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

Statement on Racial Justice

Statement from the Library Director and the Springfield Library Commission on Racial Justice

June 5, 2020

On behalf of the Springfield Library Commission and the Library Administration, we are writing to share our personal sense of heartbreak and devastation at the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. And we join you and the Springfield Community in your grief and justified anger. As we witness repeated episodes of violence and killings perpetrated against our Black Community by rogue police officers, it is impossible not to experience a deep sense of outrage, disbelief and grief. We honor the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. We are reaching out to you to share the grief and anger that we know you also feel, but also to reaffirm our common resolve. Both as private citizens and as members of this great institution, we must all do what we can to ensure that we foster a culture of inclusion, equity, and respect for one another. We promise to keep our resolve and strengthen our combined efforts against systemic racism until we can all see that this time justice will prevail and endure. We need to look to each other for strength and hope, and recommit ourselves to our shared goals of making the world a better place for all, especially black and brown people. Now is the time for us to come together as we serve together. Our work has never been more critical. Our concern for each other has never been more important.

We saw a young woman at a recent protest holding a sign with a quote from Angela Davis. It reads, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept” This quote is a perfect nest of powerful words to reflect about George Floyd’s death and a call to justice. These words beg people and organizations to change this unacceptable and systemic racism.

The Springfield Library Commission cherishes the work that library staff perform to address literacy challenges, the digital divide, to provide a place where everyone can share ideas and gain knowledge. We believe the incredible mission of the Springfield City Library serves as a powerful force to counter many inequities including racism.

The Springfield City Library is proud to have signed the Urban Library Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity through which we, along with 167 other Urban Libraries have steadfastly committed to:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices.
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity , inclusion and respect both in our library system and in all aspects of our community role.
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice.
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges.
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities.

It is our collective responsibility to examine what we are doing now in light of our commitments that we signed onto, to reevaluate our services and internal culture and to constantly improve and stand with our communities of color.

In the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Sincerely,

Stephen Cary: Chair, Springfield Library Commission

Molly Fogarty: Library Director

Molly Fogarty, Director
Springfield City Library – All Yours, Just Ask
220 State St.
Springfield, MA 01103
413-263-6828 ext. 290
lfogarty@springfieldlibrary.org

Stephen Cary
scary@focusspringfield.com

Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup of materials available at all Springfield City Library locations.

(En español.)

We miss you! And although we can’t open our doors just yet, we want you to safely get the library items you want. Our contactless curbside pickup is as easy as A, B, C!

Curbside Procedure
A. Request items you’d like to borrow. (See methods to request below.)

B. We’ll let you know when the items are ready for pickup, and schedule an appointment with you to get them.

C. When it’s your turn to pick up your items, follow the signs at your library, call the number provided, and we’ll bring your items out for you to pick up.

You can use one of the following to reserve books, movies, video games, and music (only one method is necessary):

  • Our online catalog
  • The CW/MARS app for mobile (Android or iPhone)
  • Call us for library staff help (we are happy to make recommendations!)
  • An online form (below)

Please review the following information:
  • You may only book a pickup appointment after receiving a notice from the Library that your items are ready. Staff will assist you with this service.
  • Our employees wear face masks for everyone’s safety. We require that all of our patrons also wear face masks while they come for curbside pickup.
  • For the safety of our staff and patrons, we will not be opening our doors for any reason. If you need help, please call us at the number on the sign outside the location you are visiting.
  • Please follow the instructions on the signs outside the library: remain in your car until signaled to approach the materials transfer table and do not approach staff while they are outside.
  • Items such as puzzles, puppets, and kits are not available at this time.
  • We are ONLY accepting returns in our book drops, NOT at the pickup table.
  • Fines will be waived during this pandemic time period – if you have accrued fines, please call us to adjust.
Printing

During the pandemic while libraries are closed to the public, patrons may request up to ten pages of printing a day, and arrange a curbside pickup appointment to retrieve it.

Currently, to support contactless pick-up, we are not collecting the usual charge of 15 cents per page.

Service and Curbside Pickup Hours
LOCATIONSMTWTFSSU
Central
220 State Street Springfield MA 01103
413-263-6828
Services9-59-59-59-59-59-512-5*
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-52-512-5*
Brightwood
359 Plainfield Street Springfield MA 01107
413-263-6805
Services9-59-510-69-59-5--
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-5--
East Forest Park
136 Surrey Road Springfield MA 01118
413-263-6836
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
East Springfield
21 Osborne Terrace Springfield MA 01104
413-263-6840
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Forest Park
380 Belmont Avenue Springfield MA 01108
413-263-6843
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Indian Orchard
44 Oak Street Springfield MA 01151
413-263-6846
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Library Express
at Pine Point

204 Boston Road Springfield MA 01109
413-263-6855
Services9-5-10-6-9-5--
Curbside Pickup2-5-2-6-2-5--
Mason Square
765 State Street Springfield MA 01109
413-263-6853
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Sixteen Acres
1187 Parker Street Springfield MA 01129
413-263-6858
Services9-59-510-69-59-59-3-
Curbside Pickup2-52-52-62-52-511-3-
Read|Write|Now
Adult Learning Center

204 Boston Road Springfield MA 01109
ServicesCall 413-263-6839 for hours.
*Open Sundays from Labor Day until the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

Library Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus pandemic.

How You Can Reach Us

At this time, the library staff is available by phone, email and chat support, and you can also reach us at Ask A Librarian. However, buildings are still not open to the public.

Hours for each location for remote and curbside services are here.

Curbside Pickup

Click here for details about how to safely get the library items you want.

Printing

During the pandemic when libraries are closed to the public, patrons may request up to ten pages of printing a day and arrange a curbside pickup appointment to retrieve it. Currently, to support contactless pick-up, we are not collecting the usual charge of 15 cents per page.

Programs and Events

Several of our groups have moved online in various formats, and most locations are offering various “take and make” activities for children and families. Check out our calendar for details.

Please note all in-person events are still suspended. If you have questions, please reach out.

Online Resources in our eLibrary 24/7

You can find a world of resources at your fingertips in our eLibrary! Ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, Movies, TV, Music, Language learning, Newspapers – all available 24/7. Check it out, and contact us with questions.

If for some reason your card doesn’t work for the eLibrary, please call us and we will do our best to solve the problem. Please note that some resources depend on having a card specifically from Springfield, and they indicate that in the description.

Our Book Drops Are Open for Returns

  • All late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • We will happily extend your due dates whenever possible – call us if you want to do that.

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources

Reliable, trusted, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus.

Looking for information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus? See below for links from reliable, trusted, up-to-date sources.

If you have additional suggestions or questions, you can call us at one of our library locations or send us a question online.

NEW 6/12/20:  City of Springfield Phased Reopening Plan

NEW 3/21/20: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. The call is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential.

NEW 3/18/20: Mass.gov has collected resources from all the state websites with COVID-19 Guidance and Directives, including information for Health Care Professionals & Organizations, Education, Businesses & Employers, State and Local Government, Insurance, Caregivers, Transportation and Other Guidance.

NEW 3/16/20: Please check the City of Springfield website for the latest information on the City’s response to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

NEW 3/15/20: Baystate Health COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

NEW 3/11/20: The federal government has created an easy-to remember web address that will direct you to the latest information from the CDC: Coronavirus.gov

NEW 3/11/20: In the News: Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020.

What is the novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. That virus, called the novel coronavirus, is also known as SARS-CoV-2.

Links to Important Resources

All the links below are being updated regularly. Please check back for the most current information on this developing situation.

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.

World Health Organization (WHO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019-2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

Massachusetts Department of Health – The Massachusetts Department of Health’s page provides general and state-specific information.

Springfield Department of Health and Human Services – The City’s Department of Health’s page provides general and local information.

Springfield children clock over 500,000 summer reading minutes… so far

MassLive highlights Springfield kids’ summer reading totals so far – join our Summer Reading Club to contribute!

From the article at MassLive:

So far this summer, Springfield children have read 27,919 times at 20 minutes a session, amounting to 558,380 minutes of page-turning as part of the Springfield Reads to Build a Better World summer reading project. The results were announced at an assembly Tuesday at Central High School.

“We’re more than halfway there, and we have a few weeks left of the summer,” said Goren-Watts, a principal planner and manager of data, education and municipal technology at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “We need you all to keep reading, tell all your friends to keep reading.”

Springfield Reads to Build a Better World started in 2017. It is made up of 13 summer reading programs throughout the city along with the city’s summer schools.