Lawrence Library in Pepperell MA

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Pepperell and the Lawrence Library

The town of Pepperell (pop. 12,105 in 2019 ) 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.

Since 1901 the Library has been 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 or viewed online.

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 7 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.

In 2021, the Pocket Pollinator & Monarch Waystation Garden was added. Tthe 25 species of plants in our pocket garden are all "pollinator magnets", providing a range of color throughout the growing season. The Monarch Waystation provides the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

Lawrence Library is dedicated to providing the best possible support for the cultural and intellectual lives of Pepperell residents, and residents of other communities with state certified libraries. Our goal is to ensure that all members of the community have free access to high-quality printed and materials, media, electronic resources, and programs that will meet their informational, cultural, and recreational needs. To achieve this goal we are committed to maintaining a welcoming library space and a knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly staff. We also provide meeting space for town affiliated boards and committees, and non-profit groups serving the cultural and intellectual interests of residents. Since 1901, the Lawrence Library has had exhibits in the Art Gallery featuring New England artists in various mediums, from painting, sculpture, and photography to fiber arts and mixed media. We have a new show every month. There are twice a month music venues September though April.

Lawrence Library offers a wide variety of resources and services to people of Pepperell and the surrounding area. The library collection has over 71,5000 items, including:

  • 60,025+ books
  • 5,440+ DVDs
  • 3,376+ audiobooks
  • 2,000+ music CDs
  • 330+ video games (Nintendo, Xbox, PS)
  • Access online 24/7 our numerous resources which includes magazine, newspapers, genealogy, streaming services 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!
  • As of December 2021 the library is now fine free on all library materials. Existing fines will be waived. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items will continue to be charged, as will $2 a day fines for overdue WiFi hotspots and museum passes.

There are over 120,300 ebooks and 49,400 downloadable audiobooks are available through Overdrive. You can also enjoy streaming movies through Kanopy or hoopla from the comfort of your home. Twenty discount passes to area museums and attractions are available to check out with your free library card.

Discount passes to 12 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 154 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 the CWMARS 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 CWMARS to download the app today - it's FREE!


Lawrence Library Long Range Plan: FY17-22

Town Report: 2021

Town Report: 2020

Town Report: 2019

Town Report: 2018

Town Report: 2017


Library Curbside Pick up service is available upon request with outside access 24/7

Service Hours * Effective May 2, 2022

Tuesday 10 - 7
Wednesday 10 - 5
Thursday 10 - 7
Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 10 - 2


* Due to Covid-19 Library hours are subject to change. Please follow updates on our home page. At this time, masks ARE required to enter the building.

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

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15 Main Street (Rte 113, just west of the Route 111/Route 113 rotary)
Pepperell, MA 01463
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