New Bedford Free Public Library

The main library has a collection of 373,000 items in print, audio and video format for Adult, Young Adult 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.

Main Library Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9AM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 9AM – 5PM


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 26, 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.