The first Southwick Library was established in 1891 and a purpose built building was built shortly thereafter and used until 1999 when the current building opened. The "old" library building is still located on College Highway at the intersection with Granville Road. It is not currently open to the public but is still owned by the Town of Southwick.
The current building (at 95 Feeding Hills Road) was dedicated in the fall of 1998 and opened to the public in February 1999. The building was built with community support including volunteer labor. For more information contact the Reference Desk at the Library. Currently Southwick is celebrating 120 years of public library service in the community.
On July 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. the Library hosted an event to commerate 120 years of service to the community with area leaders, entertainment for children and refreshments. For a list of officials that attended click here. This document also provides a more detailed history of library services in Southwick. In addition to the officials listed in the document most of the Library Trustees attended.
About the Library:
As a Mass. Public Library it is open to the public including non-residents of the Town. Visitors to the area can use the Library resources. For information on obtaining a Library Card contact the Circulation Desk at the Library or call (413) 569-1221.
The Southwick Public Library is a free Wi-Fi hotspot the first free hotspot in Town. In addition if you don't have your W-Fi enabled device the Library has computers available for public use. For more information contact the Reference Desk at 569-1221.
During the November 2014 meeting of the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) certified the Southwick Public Library for the current fiscal year (July 1014 - June 2015). This means that library customers (patrons) can continue to receive the benefits of certification including inter-library loan (ILL) and other benefits.
(August 28, 2014) The Library has a new Director Diane Caruso a long-time employee and most recently serving as the Yound Adult and Reference Librarian. She was selected by the Board of Trustees and confirmed by the Southwick Board of Seletmen on August 28.
Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018
To read the new Strategic Plan click here. It is a large file (more than 7 mb) in pdf format.
The Western MA Regional Library System (WMRLS) was defunded by the State of MA effective July 1, 2010 with the staff eliminated. Many of the services provided by WMRLS have been continued by the new Mass. Regional Library System including the inter-library loan program (IIL). If you want a book or other material not in the Library collection the staff can assist you in obtaining it from another library in the State or elsewhere. For details or other information contact the Reference Desk.
The Library collection includes material for all ages including books, magazines, newspapers, movies on DVD and books on CD. Additional items are added to the collection during the year. To view the list of items added during the previous month click here. The entire collection can be searched in the Library or from anywhere via the Internet click here. In addition hundreds of items are available in the Reference Area for use in the Library. The Library also has public access computers with access to the Internet as well as software to use by the public. A reference librarian is available during most times the facility is open to assist the public with research, how to use the computers and the Internet. The Library is also a repository for Board of Selectmen meeting minutes as well as some other Town committees, boards and commissions. For assistance ask at the Reference Desk. Do you need information on income tax, retirement plans, etc.? The Library has books and CD's on these topics.
In addition to an annual appropriation from the Town of Southwick (as a town Department) the Library continues to be supported by the Friends of the Southwick Public Library, the Southwick Cultural Council, local individual contributors and area charities.
The Library in the past few years added a new feature to the collection monthly audio book summaries on CD of current business related books. In addition summaries of the books are available in print. Visit the Business Center to review the current holdings. Holdings in the Business Center are subject to change depending on the generosity of local residents that contribute to the Library.
The Library received a gift of a Monday - Saturday subscription to the New York Times. The gift was from the Friends of the Southwick Public Library. In 2018 the Library no longer has a subscription to the New York Times. The Friends of the Library have currently funded the Wall Street Journal.
As a result of changes in state funding and policies by the MBLC and MLS the online resources available to libraries statewide is changing effective July 1, 2012. This includes the loss of online access to local and area newspapers statewide including the Springfield Republican, The New York Times and Boston Globe will remain available. Click here for a link to many resources. For other resources click here
Questions can be directed to the Reference Staff at the Southwick Public Library either in person or by telephone at 569-1221. If you want to do research on the Internet and want some help finding websites to start your search ask at the Reference Staff.
For the latest information on the Library, events, additions to the collection, etc. read Library Links. format.
Readers Advisory Resources
For Readers Advisory Resourcesclick here New York Timesbest seller lists click here ___________________________
A list of new material at the Library is available at the Circulation Desk. Typically as new books, DVD's, etc. the Library purchases some of these (limited to funding being available). Ask at the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk where to find the latest additions to the various collections at the Library. Click here for a list of new additions.
The following services are available subject to State of MA funding. Funding by the State is subject to an annual appropriation from the State Legislature.
Braille and Talking Books resources:
For information on braille and talking books and newspapers contact the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library. Call (800) 852-3133 or (617) 972-7240 or visit the website at www.perkinslibrary.org Funding is provided by the State of MA. for this service.
The Library has a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books in large print format. Ask a member of the staff for the Large Print area.
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