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Forest Park Branch – 380 Belmont Avenue – Springfield MA 01108
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380 Belmont Avenue
Springfield MA 01108

Parking: On-street parking is available on Belmont Avenue and Oakland Street. There are time limits on Belmont.

Book Drop: Located near the side entrance, on the right side of the building as you face the library’s main entrance.

PVTA Bus Route: G2





413-263-6843

Manager: Jenkins Lumpkin
Supervisor: Lee Moonan

The Forest Park Branch 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
Computers: Twelve internet computers, one iPad pre-loaded with preschool games. Each session lasts one hour. Children may have one session per day. Headphones are only provided for the preschool computer, not the internet ones. Earbuds are available at the Circulation desk for $1.

Fax Service: Fax service is available. 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.

Photograph of the Forest Park Community Room
Forest Park Branch

Note: As of January 9, 2020, the community room is now available for booking again.

To promote neighborhood culture and development, the library makes its community room available for educational, social service, and other organizations. Visit the Meeting Room page for information about booking the Community Room, to review our meeting room rules and policies, and submit a meeting room request.

Photograph of the Forest Park Branch Library circa 1909
Photograph of the Forest Park Branch Library circa 1909

Forest Park neighborhood residents outgrew the provisional circulating library that was set up at Park Memorial Baptist Church and residents wanted a full service branch library. In 1908, industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided $50,000 for three branch libraries that included Forest Park Branch Library. Carnegie required that neighborhood citizens subscribe for land to match his donation of money for the building. Over 500 prominent Forest Park citizens subscribed for land and soon Forest Park Branch Library was completed in 1909.

Entrance to the Activity Den Forest Park Branch Library

The renovated Forest Park Branch Library children’s area, now the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place, was made possible through the generosity of the Barker Foundation and Troy and Pat Murray. Honoring former Springfield Mayor Charles V. Ryan and his wife Joan, the creative new space will provide inspiration and learning opportunities for so many area children, just as the original room did for young Charlie and Troy.

Thanks to our benefactors the changes are astonishing, the room looks phenomenal, and the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place is ready to welcome all ages.

For more information about the history of the Forest Park Branch, 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.

Increasing Community Internet Access: Introducing Hotspots

The Library will circulate internet hotspots for those in the community that do not have internet access at home.

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Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!

Branch Programs


Day Of The Dead Craft

Day Of The Dead Craft – November 2

Join us for a find Day of the Dead craft – decorate a skull with paint, glitter, and other art supplies. | Children

English Conversation Circle

English Conversation Circle

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians. | Adults and Families

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

Local Author Reading

Local Author Talk: Guy McLain – November 3

Meet local author Guy McLain, and join a discussion about his newest book, Drawing Without an Eraser. | Adults

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

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

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October Crafts and Take & Makes for Kids

Crafts and activities for kids in October at the library! | Children

Hora De Cuentos - Spanish Storytime

Hora de Cuentos (Spanish Storytime)

Vengan y participen en una hora de cuentos en español: cuentos, cancioncitas, rimas, y actividades manuales. | Niños

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.