Framingham’s Main Library

 

The 53,000 square foot Main Library was built in December 1979 at 49 Lexington Street in the heart of downtown Framingham. It serves as a center for learning, enrichment, entertainment, research, and civic engagement.

In addition to housing an extensive collection—303,205 items as of 2016 including books, videos, and downloadable materials—the building has five private study rooms and five public meeting spaces. The largest of these is the Costin Room, which in 2016 welcomed 7,700 attendees to a wide variety of events and activities. The extensive schedule of monthly programming includes concerts by world-class musicians, lectures and talks by acclaimed instructors and authors, instructional workshops on various subjects, and educational and enrichment programs for children.

Every two years the Library and its partners sponsor Framingham Reads Together, a town-wide reading, discussion, and activity program that invites adults and young people to read the same book at the same time.

The Main Library is also home to Literacy Unlimiteda member of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. LU trains volunteers to tutor adults in English as a second language, basic literacy, citizenship and GED preparation. Conversation classes at different levels and computer help sessions are popular. Established in 1986, LU is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the need to eliminate illiteracy in our community and expanding the availability of educational programs that accomplish this.

As a whole the Framingham Public Library welcomed 29,065 attendees to our programs during 2016, and we serve 36,945 registered borrowers. Additional FPL statistics for 2016 include:

Reference services–44,878 requests

Uses of in-library Internet—67,000

Uses of databases—91,000

Museum passes—1,586

New library cards issued—4,424

Items borrowed—1/2 million

Digital borrowing—42,017 downloads

Points of service—over 1.4 million

FPL Mission Statement:

The FPL provides an open, unbiased environment and upholds the public’s right of equal access to information and services. We encourage and contribute to the civic, intellectual, and cultural pursuits of the community. Through guidance, resources, and programs, we meet the diverse needs of individuals and groups using traditional and innovative technologies. The Library provides a friendly, physical environment that serves as a community meeting place, encouraging curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning. As a vital community asset, we recognize our responsibility to actively and broadly promote awareness of the Library’s resources and services.

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