Needham Public Libary
Other Ideas: Arlington, Robbins Library; Acton Memorial Library; Wellesley Free Library; Bedford Free Public Library; French Cultural Center/Alliance Franšaise of Boston
The library is a fun place to find things to do with kids. Enjoy the children's area, computers, story hours and discount museum passes.
The Needham Library features a very nice children's section with inviting child-sized reading chairs, a large selection of books, puzzles, story hours, and special programs. They also have a nice collection of Videos, DVDS and CDs to borrow. All items can be returned to any area library that is a part of the minuteman library network.
128,000 books. Of these, 5,100 are Reference Books, and 35,000 are Children's Books, 84,000 are General Fiction and Nonfiction, and 3,700 Large Print.
The library subscribes to 367 magazines and have 3,100 Video tapes and DVDs, with 4,800 Books on Tape, music recordings, and CD-ROMS, 125 art prints
The Library's Community Room is available for use as a meeting space during library open hours by local, nonprofit groups, including civic, educational or cultural organizations. Arrangements should be made through the Circulation Supervisor at (455-7559 x207).
Needham Library History
The Needham Free Public Library was founded in 1888. The current building was constructed in 1915 and has had two additions, one in 1961 that more than doubled the size of the library and a smaller one in 1981 that provided accessibility for the physically challenged. It is located between the town center and Needham Heights and is in close proximity to the town's high school.
In 2006, Needham re-opened its library with a building almost twice the size of previous structure. The original 1915 building was retained, but subsequent additions were demolished to create space for a new, state of the art facility.
The library is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Trustees and is a member of the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System and the Minuteman Library Network, which provides computerized availability of materials from many other libraries throughout the Greater Boston area.
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75591139 Highland Ave., Needham, MA, 02494 map
From Route 128: Exit 19B, travel west on Highland Avenue. At the 4th traffic light, turn right onto Rosemary Street. The library parking lot and main entrance is on the right.
From Route 135: Proceed to Needham center and turn onto Highland Avenue. At the 2nd traffic light turn left onto Rosemary Street.
Via public transportation, the library is located on MBTA Bus Route #59.
The library main parking lot is located off Rosemary Street behind the building. Limited library parking is available in a Highland Avenue lot beside the building. Handicap parking and building access is available from both parking lots.
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