Springfield City Libraries are temporarily reducing hours starting January 4th, 2022 due to the increased number of cases of COVID-19. Please continue to check back here or call us for future updates.
|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.
Book Drop: Located to the right of the main entrance, facing Plainfield St.
PVTA Bus Route: B4
Manager: David Meeks
Supervisor: Haydee Hodis
|The libraries will be closed on the following dates for holidays:|
|January 1, 2022 (Saturday)||New Year's Day|
|January 2 (Sunday)||New Year Weekend: Central Library Closed|
|January 17 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 21 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 17 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|April 18 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|May 30 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|June 20 (Monday)||Juneteenth (Observed)|
|July 4 (Monday)||Independence Day|
|September 5 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 10 (Monday)||Columbus Day|
|November 11 (Friday)||Veterans Day|
|November 23 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 24 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24 (Saturday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25 (Sunday)||Christmas Day: Central Library Closed|
|December 26 (Monday)||Christmas Day (Observed)|
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.
The city will distribute another 25,000 at-home testing kits at several locations, including three library branches, starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Beginning January 4th, 2022, library patrons may enter their local library to pick up their materials but all in-person programming is suspended, including computer access and usage.
WWLP interviewed people at Central Library on the first day of handing out rapid home covid test kits to Springfield residents.
Design a poster that celebrates Black History Month, and gain a chance to win a prize! | Teens
Crafts and take-and-make activities at the library in February! | Children and Families
Suggest YOUR program idea that you would like to see at the library. Then join us for the fun! | Teens
Crafts and activities at the library in January! | Children and Families
Join us for LEGO Day – get free LEGO and enter to win a set! | Children and Teens
This online-only challenge will have you reading during the coldest months of the year! | All Ages
Read just one book a day to build a foundation for lifelong success. Prizes awarded for every 100 books! | Children
Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. | Children
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens