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Cambridge Public Library Opening

Cambridge Public Library Opening  I couldn’t help but wonder when I drove down Broadway the other night – Is the Cambridge Public Library finally open? It was brightly lit and looked beautiful. If I knew how to take a picture in the dark (turns out I don’t) I’d have it here.  Instead a 1915 postcard view of the library is below.

It’s been a long time coming. The main branch of the library closed in March 2005. It reopened in temporary quarters in the Longfellow School in June 2005 where it remained through January 2009. The branch libraries have done a tremendous job over these many, many months but a city the size of Cambridge needs its main library.

Cambridge Public Library in 1915

Cambridge Public Library in 1915

The Cambridge Public Library opened in 1889. The Richardsonian Romanesque building was designed by architect Henry Van Brunt and built on land donated to the city by Frederick H. Rindge. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original building has been restored and a dramatic new addition constructed.

Cambridge Public Library Opening

There will be an Open House and Ribbon Cutting at the new Main Library at 449 Broadway on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The official ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m begins and is sold out. The library received requests from more than 500 potential attendees but the auditorium seats only 200.  People are encouraged to attend the open house and the library may have loudspeakers outside the auditorium.

The library opens for business on Sunday, November 8th. Hours that day will be 2 to 5:00 p.m. Thereafter, the library will be open its regular hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 9 – 9 – Children’s Room closes at 7:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 9 – 5
  • Sunday 1 – 5 (November through April)

It will be all hands on deck at the newly reopened Main Branch – all the branch libraries will be closed for the week of November 9 to 14.

The Cambridge Public Library is at 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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  1. Jim

    Nice pics of the new library at http://tinyurl.com/yfshk6

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