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New Bedford Free Public Library


The New Bedford Free Public Library, through free and equal access to materials, information, knowledge and technology, enriches the lives of the community by cultivating lifelong learners and readers.


The main library has a collection of 373,000 items in print, audio and video format for Adults, Young Adults, and Children. It is home to significant historical holdings including the third largest collection worldwide of American Whaling materials, early 19th century Quaker materials, museum quality art and an extensive genealogy collection. Portuguese language materials are available at the Casa da Saudade branch and Spanish language materials are available at the Howland Green branch. In addition, all five library branches offer free computer and internet access, meeting rooms available to anyone in the community, and free programs for all ages.

Olivia Melo, Executive Director

Main Library-613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Information for other branches is available on our website.

(508) 991-6275

Hours of Operation for the Main Branch:

Monday-Thursday 9AM-9PM, Frida-Saturday 9AM-5PM

The New Bedford Free Public Libraries offer year round programming for all ages and genders including book club, story time, summer reading, discount museum passes, author events, Funbrary Collection, and more.


All of these events can be found on the website and Facebookpage.

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