|Central Library – 220 State Street – Springfield MA 01103|
|*Sundays Nov 1 – Dec 31 2020|
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).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!
Eligible Springfield Residents Who Need Help Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment can Contact Springfield City Library and Department of Elder Affairs
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.
The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
La recogida de materiales en la acera comienza en todas las bibliotecas de Springfield.
Statement from the Library Director and the Springfield Library Commission on Racial Justice
A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens
Enjoy this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing for ages 0-5. | Children
Join us Tuesdays in May to read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over Zoom. | Babies and Toddlers
A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults
April is Poetry month! Here are some ways you can celebrate.
Take and make activities for children and families in April – pick up curbside while supplies last.
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens
Join us for the 7th annual My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event. | Adults and Teens
Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens
Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults
Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | 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
Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults
Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults
Calling all creative writers! Join a group to workshop your writing. | Adults
A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults
Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills? | Adults
Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | Adults
Free Microsoft Office computer classes including: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel | Adults