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Central Library – 220 State Street – Springfield MA 01103
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12—8 9—5 12—8 9—5 Closed 9—5 12—5*
*Closed Sundays May 27-Sept. 2, 2018
The Central Library
The Central Library

220 State Street
Springfield MA 01103

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).

*Note: The Central Library ramp entrance from the Quadrangle is currently inaccessible. Please use State Street entrance.

PVTA Bus Route: G3, B6, B7





413-263-6828

Reference: ext. 213
Circulation: ext. 239 or ext. 218
Children’s Room: ext. 201

Manager, Borrower Services: Patti D’Amario
Manager, Public Services: Jennifer Johnston
Manager, Technical Services: Ann Keefe

The Central Lbrary will be closed for the following holidays:

The libraries will be closed on the following 2018 / 2019 holidays:
September 3, 2018 (Monday)Labor Day
October 8, 2018 (Monday)Columbus Day
November 11, 2018 (Sunday)Veterans Day
November 12, 2018 (Monday)Veterans Day (observed)
November 21, 2018 (Wednesday)Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm
November 22, 2018 (Thursday)Thanksgiving Day
December 24, 2018 (Monday)Christmas Eve
December 25, 2018 (Tuesday)Christmas Day
December 31, 2018
(Monday)
New Year's Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm
January 1, 2019 (Tuesday)New Year’s Day
January 21, 2019 (Monday)Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 18, 2019 (Monday)Presidents’ Day
April 15, 2019 (Monday)Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)
April 21, 2019 (Sunday)Easter: Central Library closed
May 27, 2019 (Monday)Memorial Day
July 4, 2019 (Thursday)Independence Day

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.

Fax Service: Fax service is available in Wellman Hall on the second floor of the Central Library. There is a $1 per job charge for a traditional fax. We cannot receive faxes. There is no charge to scan your document to an email address, USB, tablet or smartphone. To scan to your smartphone you must have a QR code app.

Mobile Printing: You can easily print on the Central Library’s public printer during library hours from your home computer, laptop or mobile device. Imagine that! You don’t have to be in the Central Library to print but you must pick up the print job on the same day during our open hours.

There are three ways to use our mobile printing option: (available during the library’s open hours)

  • 1. Visit our online printer portal, enter your email address, upload your document or URL and click on green printer icon
  • 2. Send or forward the document as an attachment via email to scl-main-bw@printspots.com
  • 3. Install the PrinterOn app for iOS or Android devices. Search 01103 or Springfield and select SCL Main Branch

Stop by Wellman Hall at the Central Library on the same day during our open hours to retrieve your print job. (Note: The Central Library is closed on Fridays.) Black and white only; 15 cents a page. Consult a staff member for assistance.

Here is a list of supported file formats in a pdf file.

Photograph of the Central Library Computer Lab
Computer Lab
Photograph of the Central Library Community Room
Central Library

The Community Room and Computer Lab on the lower level are available to the public by application when this rooms are not needed for library purposes. The rooms may be reserved for use by educational, civic, cultural, and governmental groups. Visit the Meeting Room page for information about booking the Community Room or Computer Lab, to review our meeting room rules and policies,  and submit a meeting room request.

Early Childhood Resource Center

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).

Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network

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.

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.  PDF document of the Central Library floor plan.

Historic view of the Central Library Rotunda

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.

For more information about the history of the Central Library, download our brochure.

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