Forest Park Branch

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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
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The Forest Park Branch will be closed for the following holidays:

The libraries will be closed on the following dates for holidays:
January 1, 2022 (Saturday)New Year's Day
January 2 (Sunday)New Year Weekend: Central Library Closed
January 17 (Monday)Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 21 (Monday)Presidents’ Day
April 17 (Sunday)Easter: Central Library closed
April 18 (Monday)Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)
May 30 (Monday)Memorial Day
June 20 (Monday)Juneteenth (Observed)
July 4 (Monday)Independence Day
September 5 (Monday)Labor Day
October 10 (Monday)Columbus Day
November 11 (Friday)Veterans Day
November 23 (Wednesday)Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm
November 24 (Thursday)Thanksgiving Day
December 24 (Saturday)Christmas Eve
December 25 (Sunday)Christmas Day: Central Library Closed
December 26 (Monday)Christmas Day (Observed)
January 1, 2023 (Sunday)New Year's Day: Central Library Closed
January 2 (Monday)New Year's Day (Observed)
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.

Watch a video tour of the library here!

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Branch News


Springfield Yearbook Donations and Digitization

Donate yearbooks to preserve Springfield history and make them available online for all!

Springfield Libraries Eliminate Late Fees (Masslive.com)

Patrons of all Springfield City Library branches will no longer be penalized if they don’t return books and other materials on time.

Springfield Library Eliminates Fines & Announces Summer Reading Program (Video)

Watch a video of these official Springfield City Library announcements.

Branch Programs


Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club

Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club

Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! | Adults

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, create – and battle zombies, of course! | Children & Teens

Teen Choice Day

Teen Choice Day

Suggest YOUR program idea that you would like to see at the library. Then join us for the fun! | Teens

Taste Test Tuesdays

Taste Test Tuesdays

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! | Forest Park | Children and Teens

Kids Weekly Drop-In Crafts

Kids’ Weekly Drop-In Crafts

Drop by your library, and see what craft is being offered this week! | Children

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read just one book a day to build a foundation for lifelong success. Prizes awarded for every 100 books! | Children

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Romance Book Club – Online

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

Knot Just Knitters

Knot Just Knitters

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

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults