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New Bedford Free Public Library

New Bedford Free Public Library The New Bedford Free Public Library is located in southeastern Massachusetts. The city has 5 libraries and a Bookmobile. Visit our webpage for more information.

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“Exhibiting the Presépio at the main library was an idea that came when discussing with staff how culturally beautiful i...
12/14/2022
Azorean nativity scene on display at the New Bedford Free Public Library

“Exhibiting the Presépio at the main library was an idea that came when discussing with staff how culturally beautiful it is and how only a few make the visit to Casa da Saudade to see it each year,” Melo said. “After we re-opened from Covid, a plan was developed to bring the Presépio here to the main library to display it to a larger audience, especially the tourists who may never have seen or experienced this significant tradition in Portuguese culture.”

The New Bedford Free Public Library is celebrating the Holiday season with a very unique Azorean-style nativity scene, where the manger and hills are actually shaped like books.

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services on Tuesday, Dec. 20th to bring home free  ! Greater New Bedford Yout...
12/12/2022

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services on Tuesday, Dec. 20th to bring home free !

Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership

Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4pm at Youth Services!The Baker - New Bedford
12/09/2022

Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4pm at Youth Services!

The Baker - New Bedford

Visit Youth Services on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 3-5pm for Drop in Paint!New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership Greater Ne...
12/08/2022

Visit Youth Services on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 3-5pm for Drop in Paint!

New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance

What are your favorite   ?
12/07/2022

What are your favorite ?

Make your  guess at Youth Services!
12/06/2022

Make your guess at Youth Services!

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services on Pokemon Go's Community Day Saturday, Dec. 17th from 1-3pm!   New ...
12/05/2022

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services on Pokemon Go's Community Day Saturday, Dec. 17th from 1-3pm!

New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance

This time of year can be difficult when we are spending the holidays without a loved one near.Stop by the Howland Green ...
12/03/2022

This time of year can be difficult when we are spending the holidays without a loved one near.
Stop by the Howland Green Library to place a dove on our Christmas tree in memory of a loved one that is no longer with us.
Patrons are welcome to write a loved one’s name and message on the dove for them.
We are open today from 9am-5pm.

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services on AHA! New Bedford on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4-6pm to craft with New Bedford Art...
12/02/2022

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services on AHA! New Bedford on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4-6pm to craft with New Bedford Art Museum and find your favorite !

New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance

The Holiday Stroll has been postponed until Dec. 10 due to the weather this Saturday!
12/02/2022

The Holiday Stroll has been postponed until Dec. 10 due to the weather this Saturday!

The wet & windy weather forecast is persistent ☔️ so we’ve decided to postpone the Stroll to NEXT Saturday, Dec 10th, 12-5! 🎄Come get your merry on next weekend in dNB!

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services!New Bedford Art Museum Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance Destinatio...
12/01/2022

Visit the New Bedford Main Library's Youth Services!

New Bedford Art Museum Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance Destination New Bedford New Bedford Birth - 3rd Partnership The Baker - New Bedford

Visit the   to make a  card for Seniors!NBstrong Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance  Bedford Public Schools
11/30/2022

Visit the to make a card for Seniors!

NBstrong Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance Bedford Public Schools

The Presépio is all set up and ready for viewing on the first floor of the Main Library until January 7th.
11/29/2022

The Presépio is all set up and ready for viewing on the first floor of the Main Library until January 7th.

11/29/2022

 Destination New Bedford
11/28/2022

Destination New Bedford

11/24/2022
Save the dates!
11/22/2022

Save the dates!

Join us at Youth Services at 10-12pm for Book Buddies!Children (ages 0-8 years old) can be read to by library staff in E...
11/15/2022

Join us at Youth Services at 10-12pm for Book Buddies!
Children (ages 0-8 years old) can be read to by library staff in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Did you know the Howland Green library hosts in-person bingo nights every other Tuesday?This is a free event for all age...
11/14/2022

Did you know the Howland Green library hosts in-person bingo nights every other Tuesday?
This is a free event for all ages!
Our next bingo night is November 22 @ 6-7pm
Seats are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please call the Howland Green Library at 508-991-6212
We hope to see you there!

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Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Nov. 12th from 1-3pm for  fun!
11/08/2022

Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Nov. 12th from 1-3pm for fun!

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services to enter!
11/07/2022

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services to enter!

11/04/2022
What will you write this  ?Join us in Youth Services on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 at 2pm!
11/03/2022

What will you write this ?

Join us in Youth Services on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 at 2pm!

We need your help! Your responses to this survey will help shape the library's services for the next five years. We appr...
11/02/2022

We need your help! Your responses to this survey will help shape the library's services for the next five years. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how the library can better serve you in the future.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/newbedfordlibrary

10/31/2022

Visit the Main Library's  Youth Services!
10/29/2022

Visit the Main Library's Youth Services!

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We had a great time learning about the Bridgewater Triangle with Tim Weisberg last night and if you missed our program, ...
10/26/2022

We had a great time learning about the Bridgewater Triangle with Tim Weisberg last night and if you missed our program, take a look at all of his upcoming events!

10/26/2022

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10/25/2022

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Visit the Youth Services to pick up your   !
10/24/2022

Visit the Youth Services to pick up your !

The one we’ve all been waiting for is finally here and it’s available to be placed on hold at Howland Green! Stop by or ...
10/21/2022

The one we’ve all been waiting for is finally here and it’s available to be placed on hold at Howland Green!

Stop by or give us a call to place a hold on this bestseller! We are open until 5:00 today! 📚

They're waiting for you!
10/21/2022

They're waiting for you!

🎃Happy Monday!🎃Have you checked out our Halloween contest here at Howland Green? Stop by and take a guess in our “Guess ...
10/17/2022

🎃Happy Monday!🎃
Have you checked out our Halloween contest here at Howland Green?

Stop by and take a guess in our “Guess How Many Candies are in the Jar” contest, the person with the closest guess (without going over) wins the jar! Winner will be picked on October 24🍬

10/17/2022

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613 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA
02740

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Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(508) 991-6275

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About Us

Established in 1852 by a city ordinance, the New Bedford Free Public Library is among the earliest free municipal libraries in the United States. Beginning in 1857 and housed in the building now used as City Hall until 1910, the core of the library’s original holdings contained books, periodicals and other materials purchased from the New Bedford Social Library (founded in 1807), which had assimilated the collections of the Encyclopedia Society, New Bedford Library Society, New Bedford Athenaeum and Lyceum.

Built as a City Hall in the 1830’s, the present building was reconstructed after a fire in 1906. Once reconstruction was complete, the buildings switched permanently and is now home to significant historical holdings, including materials on Whaling, Quaker and 19th century Abolition Movement and museum-quality collection of fine art.

The Library consists of the Main Library, four branches and a Bookmobile. The Wilks, Howland-Green and Francis J. Lawler Branches were built with funds left in trust to the library by Sylvia Ann Howland-Green Wilks, whose mother was the famous financier Hetty Green. The Main Library is open 64 hours per week and the branches are open 40 hours per week. The Bookmobile is on the road 20 – 25 hours per week.


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Another awesome event for the kiddos at New Bedford Free Public Library. Check it out below! 🤖🦾
Your children's favorite characters will be joining our City Celebrates New Year's Eve festivities at the New Bedford Free Public Library main branch downtown. Sing along and dance to some of your favorite songs from Encanto and take photos with the characters.

Ever After Storybook Entertainment
🗓 Saturday 12/31
⏰ 5-8pm
📍 New Bedford Free Public Library 613 Pleasant St.

Tap the link below for event details and a programming map.
https://destinationnewbedford.org/city-celebrates-new-years-eve-2022/

Thank you to our sponsors Bristol County Savings Bank, Vineyard Wind, and Claremont Companies.
For decades, the City of New Bedford has displayed a Christmas Tree on the steps of the New Bedford Free Public Library in the downtown. Thousands of people stop by to see it, but have you ever wondered how it got there? Join us as we tell the story of New Bedford's Christmas Tree. Where did it come from? Who decorates it? And why it's such a big deal 🎄🌟
Join a park ranger (and our Artist in Residence!) TODAY at 10:00 AM at the downtown New Bedford Free Public Library. The event and parking are FREE, and all youth are welcome!
This Saturday during the Downtown New Bedford Inc. Holiday Stroll, don't miss the Buy Black NB pop-up market at the New Bedford Whaling Museum from 12-5pm.

Don't forget to head over to the New Bedford Free Public Library across from City Hall after the stroll for the official Christmas tree lighting at 5pm.

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Do you know any youth interested in climate action and having their voices heard? We're collecting surveys from New Bedford youth to learn more about their thoughts, experiences, and perspectives on climate change and how Mass Audubon can help them achieve climate solutions they want to see take place in the city. Have them stop by the the Main Branch of New Bedford Free Public Library to fill out the survey by December 12th!
New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Public Schools, Pa Raffa's, and NBstrong are seeking hand-drawn holiday cards for Seniors.

Check out the flyer below to learn more.
Happy Veterans Day from Destination New Bedford.

Honor your local veterans by learning the history of New Bedford veterans throughout the years. The Fort Rodman / Fort Taber Military Museum catalogues local veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present. Each of their exhibitions is a tribute to our veterans and service members. Veteran and retired service member volunteers will guide you through their extensive collection Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-4 PM. Visit today!

The parade today departs from Rockdale Avenue and Union Street at 11 AM and ends in from of the New Bedford Free Public Library for a service. For more information: City of New Bedford.
What is your plan to vote this Election? Early Voting at the New Bedford Free Public Library begins on October 22nd. You can apply online to Vote By Mail and the deadline to apply is November 1st. You can always plan to Vote on Election Day, November 8th!

Click here to apply to Vote By Mail! at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/MailInRequestWeb/MailInBallot.aspx

Any New Bedford resident who is uncertain about their voting status, designated polling location, has changed their address since the last election or would like to request an absentee ballot should contact the Board of Election Commissioners at (508) 979-1420.

Today is the LAST DAY of EARLY VOTING at the New Bedford Free Public Library. Make your way downtown to vote before 4:00 PM today. Every vote counts!
REMINDER: Today is the last day for early voting at New Bedford Free Public Library located at 613 Pleasant St. Anyone who wishes to cast their ballot in person prior to Election Day may do so today, Friday, November 4th, until 4pm.

Voters may cast their votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, 9th District Representative in Congress, 1st District Councilor, 2nd Bristol & Plymouth District Senator in General Court, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 13th District Representative in General Court, District Attorney Bristol, Sheriff Bristol County, County Commissioner Bristol, Register of Deeds Bristol, State Ballot questions and a Municipal Referendum question.
Wishing you had binoculars, a label maker, or a yoga mat for just a day? Visit the New Bedford Free Public Library 'Funbrary' and borrow games and tools. Lending programs like this help save money and reduce waste. Learn why creating less waste is important: https://bit.ly/3ylIddy
New Bedford Free Public Library wants your help! Take this survey to help influence the direction of the library system for the next five years.
It's a month full of fun at the New Bedford Free Public Library!
Please make a plan to VOTE EARLY this week at the New Bedford Free Public Library, located downtown at 613 Pleasant St.

Early Voting is available 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday November 4th.

Early voting taking place at the New Bedford Free Public Library!
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