|Central Library – 220 State Street – Springfield MA 01103|
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: Zach Bartlett
Manager, Adult and Youth Information Services: Diane Houle
Manager, Technical Services: Tom O’Connell
|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)|
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 email@example.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.
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.
Springfield City Library branches reopen for limited hours starting July 6. Click for more details.
The Library will circulate internet hotspots for those in the community that do not have internet access at home.
Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!
Springfied Library and Elder Affairs staff will assist 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.
On Free Comic Book Day, stop by and pick up a super-fun bag of free comics and comic-inspired activities. | All Ages
Use this activity page to build the foundation of early reading skills. | Children and families
Going to kindergarten? Let’s sing and dance and tell stories to help you get excited and ready to jump into school! | Children and Families
How many seashells in the box? Guess to win a prize! | All Ages
Get fun take and make activities for kids, adults, and teens this August! | All Ages
Get ready to think outside of the box! This July, complete the Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt challenges to enter to win prizes! | Teens
Join the Summer Reading Club 2021 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages
Join us for the Comics Club for Teens as we share our favorites in Anime, Manga, and American comics. | Teens
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield on Zoom for an afternoon of anything YOU want to do! | Teens
An online series of classes on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens
Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens
Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults
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 reade and discusses the same book. Join us! | 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