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Central Library – 220 State Street – Springfield MA 01103
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Services 9-5 9-5 10-6 9-5 9-5 9-5 12-5*
Curbside 2-5 2-5 2-6 2-5 2-5 2-5 12-5*
*Sundays Nov 1 – Dec 31 2020

 

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).

PVTA Bus Route: G3, B6, B7





413-263-6828

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

Manager, Borrowers’ Services: Patti D’Amario
Manager, Adult and Youth Information Services: Diane Houle
Manager, Technical Services:

The Central Library will be closed for the following holidays:

The libraries will be closed on the following dates for holidays:
December 24, 2020 (Thursday)Christmas Eve
December 25, 2020 (Friday)Christmas Day
December 26, 2020 (Saturday)Day After Christmas
December 31, 2020 (Thursday)New Year's Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm
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
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 Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm

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 or guest access. 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.

Connect to WiFi: The Central Library provides access to WiFi for your personal device. Before you connect please read our Computer Use and Internet Access Policy. To connect, navigate to your WiFi settings and choose LibraryPublicHotspot.  Problems? Please ask a Librarian.

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.

Scanning: 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

Come to 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 these 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.

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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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.

Servicio en la Acera

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

Statement on Racial Justice

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

Curbside Pickup

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

Library Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus pandemic.

Programs


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Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

Art Journaling For Teens

Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

Hit Us with Your Best Shot: a Photography Contest

Hit Us with Your Best Shot: a Photography Contest

Enter the contest and send us your photos on the theme “The Many Wonders of Springfield.” | Adults

Genealogy Drop-In Help

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.

January Family Activities

January Family Activities

Take and make activities for children and families in January – pick up curbside while supplies last.

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Life Skills Teens Need To Know

Meet with experts and learn important life skills.

Ukulele Strum Along

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults

Digital Skills for Job Seekers

Help for Job Seekers

Register for a free online Help for Job Seekers class series.

Knitting and Fiber Crafts

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Free Computer Classes For Adults

Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults

Write-up Springfield!

Calling all creative writers! Join a group to workshop your writing. | Adults

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

What’s Cooking Cookbook Club at Central Library

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills?  | Adults

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Free Microsoft Office computer classes including: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel | Adults