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New Bedford Free Public Library

The library’s mission is to provide materials and services to help people obtain information to meet their personal, educational and professional needs placing particular emphasis on youth and reference service, and to serve as a repository for local history and art.

The main library has significant historical holdings including the third largest collection worldwide of American Whaling materials, early 19th century Quaker materials, 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.

Main Library Hours
Monday through Thursday – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed: Sunday & Holidays
Limited Hours Genealogy / Archives / Art Room
TTY: (508) 991-6258

Directions

Main Library
613 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 991-6275

Travelers choice to 140 South to 195 East, exit 2E; follow 195 East, take the Downtown ramp, exit 15, to Rt. 18 South. Follow this until the Downtown exit which is a right at the first set of lights onto Elm St.; take the sixth left onto Sixth St. Go one block to William St. which is a one way. Take a left onto William St, The library entrance is half way down the block directly across from City Hall.

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