Lawrence Library in Pepperell MA

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Pepperell and the Lawrence Library

The town of Pepperell (pop. 11,142) is situated 35 miles northwest of Boston at the junction of the Nissitissit and Nashua Rivers adjacent to the New Hampshire border.

Pepperell’s first library, called the Pepperell Social Library, was established in 1795. The Lawrence Library, dedicated in 1901, was a gift of Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the purchase of the land, design, construction and the furnishing of the building. The architects were Ernest Flagg and W.B. Chambers. They are known for designing the Washington state capitol building; Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; St. Luke’s Hospital, NYC and many others.

The Library is home to Sidney M. Shattuck's (1876-1917) personal collection of 110 local birds, all carefully mounted and labeled. They are on permanent display in the Lyceum.

In 2018, the Library opened an accessible spur trail in the back of the property that links to the Greens Brook Trail. The only one of its kind at a Massachusetts public library, the trail is accessible to people with motor and visual impairments. Also in 2018, the Library was named a Literary Landmark by the ALA's United for Libraries – one of only 6 in Massachusetts – in honor of children's author and illustrator Barbara Cooney, who lived in Pepperell for many years. The Lawrence Library was featured prominently in her book Miss Rumphius.

Lawrence Library offers a wide variety of resources and services to people of Pepperell and the surrounding area. The library collection has over 62,000 items, including:

  • 55,000+ books
  • 4,000+ DVDs
  • 4,500+ audiobooks
  • 1,500+ music CDs
  • 200+ video games (Nintendo, Xbox, PS)
  • Access online 24/7 our numerous resources which includes magazine, newspapers, genealogy and more!
  • 40+ print magazines and newspapers PLUS, WiFi hotspots, musical instruments, pre-loaded tablets for kids, book/toy/game kits, and American Girl dolls!

Thousands of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks are available through Overdrive, and the best of British (and beyond) television is available streaming through Acorn TV.

Discount passes to 20+ area museums and other fun attractions are available to check out with your library card.

Lawrence Library is a member of C/WMARS, a non-profit, library consortium of 140 public and academic libraries in Massachusetts. You can request items from any of the member libraries, and they will be delivered here for you to pick up! Do it yourself through the online catalog, or ask us to place the hold for you.

We have computers for public use, with access to the Internet and office productivity software. You can print (B&W or color), scan to flash drive or email, photocopy, and fax your documents for a nominal fee.

WiFi is available throughout the library, allowing you the freedom to bring your own devices to use. There is a B&W wireless printer.

Check the library's event calendar for upcoming programs for all ages plus Art Gallery displays and music events.

Take us with you using our mobile app. Available for Android and iOS, it is quick and easy access to our catalog, your library account, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and so much more. Click Lawrence Library Mobile to download today - it's FREE!

 

Library Hours
Tuesday 10 - 9
Wednesday 10 - 9
Thursday 10 - 9
Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 10 - 2

 

*Closed Saturdays June - August

Location
15 Main Street (Rte 113, just west of the Route 111/Route 113 rotary)
Pepperell, MA 01463
Click here for a map and driving directions.

 

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