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free access to the universe of information and ideas.
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Melrose Public Library 69 West Emerson St.
Melrose, MA 02176

Main: 781-665-2313
Children: 781-665-2314


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Winter Hours
Main Library

Monday-Thursday : 10 a.m - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Children's Library
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
Main Library
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Children's Library
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Brief History of the Library
The Melrose Public Library was born officially at a Town Meeting on March 27, 1871. One end of the Selectmen's room in the Waverly Block on Essex Street (now known as Waverly Apartments) was made available for a modest collection of books. In 1874, the library was moved to a room at the newly constructed Town Hall and in 1895, due to a need for more space, the library was relocated to the new Y.M.C.A building on Main Street.

With the arrival of the twentieth century, the fifty year old Town of Melrose became a City -- a City that had grown in half a century from 1,200 to 12,000 citizens. Aware of the urgent need for a larger library facility, Mayor John Larrabee and other citizens persuaded Andrew Carnegie to make a substantial contribution for the construction of a library building. A handsome new building, recognized as the basis for the present enlarged plant, was erected on the West Emerson Street site of the old High School, which had been destroyed by fire in 1897.

A growth collection of materials and increasing usage by the community necessitated the construction of an addition to the building in 1963. In 1990, thanks to the diligence and perseverance of a number of people, the library was awarded a Massachusetts Library Construction Grant which enabled major improvements to be made to the interior and exterior of the library.

With a highly competent and dedicated staff, the installation of state-of-the-art computer equipment, and a renovated facility, the Melrose Public Library stands ready to provide high quality, cost effective library service. TOP OF THE PAGE
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Gift Program

A time to give...
Over the years, hundreds of people have contributed large and small amounts of money to assist in the growth of the Melrose Public Library. The Library Gift Program provides an opportunity for those to enjoy our fine library to share in its development. A gift to the Library is a lasting expression of one's sincere interest in the community. All contributions are acknowleged with letters and are tax deductible to the extent provided by law......READ MORE





Volunteering at Melrose Public Library

*Adults - If you are interested in volunteering at MPL, please complete and bring this form to the library, or contact Diane R. Wall for more information.

*Teens - If you are interested in volunteering at MPL, please complete and bring this form to the library, or contact Jill Connolly for more information.

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Staff
Linda C. W. Gardener, Director
Diane R. Wall, Assistant Director/Technical Services Librarian
Marianne J. Stanton, Head of Children's Services
Christine A. Morrissey, Reference Librarian
Shelley L. O'Brien, Reference Librarian
Erin Lewis, Adult Services/Circulation Librarian

Jill Connolly, Teen Services/Circulation Librarian
Renee Cogan, Library Assistant
Andrea P. D'Innocenzo, Library Assistant
Elizabeth A. Goodwin, Library Assistant
Martha A. Grant, Library Assistant
Joan P. Lounsbury, Library Assistant
Virginia A. Rowe, Library Assistant
Dan J. Guevin, Custodian



Trustees
Edward W. Waystack, Chair
Rosemary U. McIntire, Treasurer
Mary M. Edwards
Carol B. Hoffman
Nancy F. Kukura
Kristin J. Foote


Melrose Public Library | 69 West Emerson Street | Melrose, MA 02176
Main Library: 781-665-2313 | Children's Room: 781-665-2314
Melrose is a member of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange)