|Brightwood Branch – 359 Plainfield Street – Springfield MA 01107
359 Plainfield Street
Springfield MA 01107
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot shared by the Library and Chestnut Accelerated Middle School. On-street parking is also available. The Children’s area is on the right.
PVTA Bus Route: B4
Manager: David Meeks
Supervisor: Haydee Hodis
|The libraries will be closed on the following dates for holidays:|
|January 1, 2021 (Friday)||New Year’s Day|
|January 2, 2021 (Saturday)||Day After New Year's|
|January 18, 2021 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 15, 2021 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 4, 2021 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|April 19, 2021 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|May 31, 2021 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|June 18, 2021 (Friday)||Juneteenth (Observed)|
|June 19, 2021 (Saturday)||Juneteenth|
|July 4, 2021 (Sunday)||Independence Day|
|July 5, 2021 (Monday)||Independence Day (Observed)|
|September 6, 2021 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 11, 2021 (Monday)||Columbus Day|
|November 11, 2021 (Thursday)||Veterans Day|
|November 24, 2021 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 25, 2021 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24, 2021 (Friday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2021 (Saturday)||Christmas Day|
|December 31, 2021 (Friday)||New Year's Day (Observed)|
|January 1, 2022 (Saturday)||New Year's Day|
To promote neighborhood culture and development, the library makes its community room available for educational, social service, and other organizations. The library also hosts community events such as musical performances, puppet shows, readings by authors, and exhibitions by illustrators and other artists. Visit the Meeting Room page for information about booking the Community Room, to review our meeting room rules and policies, and submit a meeting room request.
Through its Collections and Services, the Brightwood Branch Library provides for the informational, educational, and leisure needs of the community.
Do you know how the Brightwood area got its name? Josiah Gilbert Holland (born in Belchertown, MA in 1819), doctor, author, poet, and early editor of The Springfield Republican, wrote his second narrative poem titled “Kathrina,” in 1867 while staying at his new home in the north end of Springfield. He called his beautiful home (“painted a glowing Venetian red”) Brightwood, and the name was soon applied to the whole section of the city. Interestingly J.G. Holland married Elizabeth Chapin, a good friend of Amherst poet Emily Dickinson. Mr. Holland died in New York City in 1881 and is buried in the Springfield Cemetery; his bronze profile wrought by Augustus Saint-Gaudens adorns his cemetery monument.
Brightwood Library in Springfield offering up 20 books for youngsters to read during Hispanic Heritage Month (Masslive)
Connecting with culture can be done through food and music and family traditions, but it can also be done through literature.
Beginning Tuesday, September 7th 2021, the Central Library will open its doors to the community after 17 long months. Branch libraries will also resume operating full schedules on that date.
Springfield City Library branches reopen for limited hours starting July 6. Click for more details.
Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!
Springfied Library and Elder Affairs staff will assist eligible Springfield residents who do not have access to technology to book their vaccine appointments.
Stop by the library and have your photo taken with Mouse, and find out how you can get your very own library card. | All Ages
Crafts and activities for kids in September at the library! | Children
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens
Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.
Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults