About Us

The new East Longmeadow Public Library
opened on February 3, 2004.

Watercolor painting of the libraryOur mission is to provide resources and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational and educational needs of the East Longmeadow community. The library houses over 80,000 books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and art prints for you to choose from. The new books, DVDs, and CDs are featured on the first floor of the library. The Children’s Room is also on the first floor, as are the meeting rooms.

Upstairs you’ll find collections of college and career books, paperbacks, mysteries, large print, as well as older fiction and nonfiction sections, reference books (in-library use), an area to enjoy magazines and newspapers, a Local History room with materials to help with in-library research, computers for access to the Internet, Microsoft Office and many databases, and two small-group (up to four people) study rooms. The Teen area is also on the second floor, with comfortable seating, books, magazines, DVDs and access to the Internet.

Wireless access is available throughout the library.

Meeting Rooms
The library has two public meeting rooms, the Community Room (capacity 75) and the Conference Room (capacity 12). Both rooms can be reserved by municipal/civic groups, and by other non-profit organizations providing services or information at no charge, subject to approval by the Library Director. Applications are available at the library and online. Click here for the Meeting Room Policy and Application.

Library Conference Room

Library Conference Room

Library Community Room

Library Community Room



The library also has a Local History Room where books and documents relating to the town’s history are stored. To preserve these irreplaceable resources for future generations, many of the items are non-circulating and the room is open to the public by appointment. Members of the East Longmeadow Historical Commission are available to assist patrons with their research in the Local History Room on the second Tuesday of every month, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Please call the library’s Information Desk (413-525-5400 ext. 1508) for more information .

Our library is proud to participate in a digital library project. “Digital Treasures” is a cooperative library digitization pilot project conceived and designed by the Central/Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing library automated network (C/W Mars) and the Central and Western Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, now Massachusetts Library System(MLS). The items selected for this digitization project will be in the areas of agriculture and industry.  A sampling of items from our Local History Room has been selected, with more to follow in the near future. We hope these images from our collection whet your appetite to explore the local history of our town in greater depth.

Did you know…

that the Information Services Department houses over 2,000 reference books on a variety of subjects?

that there are 12 computers in the Adult area and 4 computers in the Teen area with access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

and that the library provides free access to many online databases where you may access magazine and newspaper articles, reference books, dictionaries, health information and more? Most of these databases are available from home. To access these databases and hundreds of librarian selected  web sites on many topics, including health and wellness, business, consumer, finance and more, visit our Subject Guide to Online Resources under the Adult Services tab.

Visit our Newspaper & Magazine Area
Did you also know that the library subscribes to more than 130 magazines and newspapers? Each year we evaluate our current subscriptions for relevance and popularity and make changes as needed. Some of our new subscriptions are “American Artist “, “Barron’s”, “Cooks Illustrated”, “Family Tree Magazine”, “Digital Photo” and many more. These may all circulate with your library card.

 

Reading Garden

Reading Garden

 

Relax in our Reading Garden
Imagine a cold morning in February, with snow glistening on the ground. Now picture yourself in our Reading Garden, the sun streaming in, the sound of water tumbling over the pebbles in the fountain, and a good book in your hand.

 

Total volumes as of July 1, 2014
110,422
Total registered patrons as of August 2014
10,241
Number of items that circulated July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
224,551
Number of items that circulated for the month of July 2014
21,000
East Longmeadow Circulation Statistics May 2014

LIBRARY HOURS

Hours: Monday - Wednesday 9:30 - 8:00 pm Thursday & Friday 9:30 - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:30 - 4:00 pm Closed Saturdays - June, July & August

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