Mission & History

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lawrence Library is to provide quality services, resources, and lifelong learning opportunities through books and a variety of other formats to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs and interests of Pepperell residents. Our mission helps connect people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives and strengthen our community.


The Town of Pepperell 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, the Pepperell Social Library, was established in 1795 and housed in the Town Hall. 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, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and St. Luke’s Hospital in NYC.

Since 1901, the Library has been home to Sidney M. Shattuck's (1876-1917) personal collection of over 100 local birds, all carefully mounted and labeled. They are on permanent display in the Lyceum or can be viewed online.

Library Land Project

Read the review by Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti
about the Lawrence Library.