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Central Library – 220 State Street – Springfield MA 01103
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*Open Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day

 

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).

Book Drop: The book drop is located across State St. in the parking lot – take an immediate right when you enter the lot, and you will see the drive-up book drop ahead on the right. (There is no after-hours book drop on the side of the street with the library building, only the one in the parking lot.)

PVTA Bus Route: G3, B6, B7





413-263-6828

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

Manager, Borrowers’ Services: Zach Bartlett
Manager, Adult and Youth Information Services: Diane Houle
Manager, Technical Services: Tom O’Connell

The Central Library will be closed for the following holidays:

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

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
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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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Poetry Workshops, Performance At Springfield City Library: Apply Now For Master Class With Poet Laureate Magdalena Gómez

Applications are now open for women, teen girls, and women-identified people interested in an introduction to writing and performing inviting, exciting, and inspiring poetry. Join this master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez.

Central Library Building Reopens; All 9 Springfield City Library Locations Resume Regular Schedule

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.

Reopening News

Springfield City Library branches reopen for limited hours starting July 6. Click for more details.

Programs


Chibicon 2021

Chibicon 2021 – November 13-14

Join our our annual celebration of anime and comics culture! | All Ages

Simple Crafts for Adults

Simple Crafts for Adults

Join other adults for low-pressure, simple crafts you can complete in an evening. | Adults

Soothing Adult Coloring

Soothing Adult Coloring

Need a chance to unwind, color beautiful designs, and leave your stress behind? Join us every month for coloring for adults.

Self-Care 101

Self Care 101 for Teens

Make your own calming tea blend, an aromatherapy scrub, and learn journaling skills at this fun session. | Teens

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Halloween Party with Live Family-Friendly DJ

Join us out on the Museum Quad behind the Central Library for an afternoon of family friendly tunes spun by local Springfield DJ Ant Dowe! All ages.

Horror Story Challenge

Horror Story Challenge – October 27

Drop in, write a horror story, and compete for prizes! | Teens

Out Spoken Words Poetry Workshops

Out/Spoken Words: Workshops with Springfield’s Poet Laureate

Join a master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez, for an introduction to writing and performing poetry! | Teens and Adults

Gun Violence and Art Therapy

Gun Violence and Art Therapy – October 26

Springfield College professor and freelance visual artist Simone Alter-Muri presents on gun violence and how art therapy can aid healing. | Adults

Robert Meeropol: Exoneration and Justice for his Mother Ethel Rosenberg

Robert Meeropol: Justice for Ethel Rosenberg – October 25

Robert Meeropol examines the controversial trial and execution of his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. | Adults

Kids Gaming Club

Kids Gaming Club

Play computer games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. | Children

Art Explorers

Art Explorers Classes

Artists will explore different materials and styles, learn some art history, and have fun! No art experience required. | Children

Comic Zone

Comic Zone! Make a Springfield City Library Comic Book

Your artwork can become part of a Springfield City Library comic book! | Children and Teens

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Inktober! Draw Every Day

Get your artistic flow on with prompts for a different drawing each day, or just draw what you like! Every day, open hours, in October. | Adults

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Join a scavenger hunt and search the Children’s Room for clues. When you finish, get a prize! | Children

Family Storytime at Central

Family Storytime at Central

Come to our weekly storytime featuring books, songs, activities, and crafts. | Children and Families

Wee Ones Storytime and Playgroup

Wee Ones Storytime & Playgroup at Central

Join us for storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers and caregivers. | Babies and Toddlers

Creation Station

Creation Station Every Day at Central Library

Create art with different materials, methods and media guaranteed to unleash your inner artist. | Children

Comics Club for Teens

Comics Club for Teens

Join us for the Comics Club for Teens as we share our favorites in Anime, Manga, and American comics. | Teens

Queer+ Teen Space

Queer+ Teen Space

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield for an afternoon of anything YOU want to do! | Teens

QTs of Western MA

QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

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Romance Book Club

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

Genealogy Drop-In Help

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

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

Ukulele Strum Along

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

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

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

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reade and discusses the same book. Join us! | 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