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Curbside Pickup Phase 2
The New Bedford Free Public Libraries are open for curbside pickup and are offering extended hours at select locations. Questions can be sent to For details and updates click here or visit our FaceBook page

The Casa da Saudade Branch is located in the south end of the city in the Sister Aurora Avelar Community Center. Originally funded by a federal grant, it opened in 1971 in a small store front on Rivet St with a collection of 3,000. In 1975, it moved to its present location. The collection is in English, Portuguese, and Crioulo. There are approximately 34,000 volumes, 92 subscriptions for newspapers and magazines, DVDs, videos, audio cassettes and a special collection of materials acquired to assist Portuguese fishermen and their families.

Ongoing programs are held to commemorate significant events such as the Day of Portugal, the Cape Verdean Independence Day, and book releases by Portuguese authors or about Portuguese speaking people.

Call visits are available – call (508) 991-6218 to schedule your class visit.

Branch Hours Class Visits Available
Monday & Wednesday – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday – 12:00noon – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed: Friday, Sunday & Holidays
Call 508-991-6218 to schedule your class visit.


Casa Da Saudade
58 Crapo Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 991-6218

195 to Exit 15 to Rt. 18 South. After the third light, take the Rivet St. exit. Proceed to the first light and turn right onto County St. Take the first left onto Thompson St. The library is two blocks ahead, on the right, on the corner of Crapo St.