Cambridge Public Library

The Cambridge Public Library serves as a doorway to opportunity, self-development and recreation for all its residents, and as a forum where they may share ideas, cultures and resources among themselves and with people around the globe. The free availability of information, the lively interaction of people, and the open exchange of ideas animate and extend the democratic mission of the library.

The library is a dynamic, community-oriented system providing excellent services, collections and programs to all members of the community. We are dedicated to affording the people of Cambridge resources for recreational reading, independent learning, and the introduction of children to the world of literacy and learning.

The Cambridge Public Library is designed to work as a unified system with a strong main library and six active branch libraries each tailored to the unique constituencies and needs of its immediate neighborhood.

Celebrations & Meetings

The library is pleased to offer a number of meeting rooms available to Cambridge-based not-for-profit community groups. The meeting rooms available are:
Beech Room: Capacity 16
Rindge Room: Capacity 12
Community Room: Capacity 100
Lecture Hall: Capacity 230
Fuller Room: Capacity 6

All meeting rooms are subject to availability with the understanding that library sponsored programs have priority. All interested parties must complete a meeting room application and submit it to the Administration Office at the Main Library.


Melusina Fay Peirce

Harvard Square
Early feminist and founder of the Cooperative Housekeeping Association. An 1870 experiment...

Ruggles-Fayerweather House

West Cambridge
Home of Tory George Ruggles 1764-1774. Then, of patriot Thomas Fayerweather. A hospital...

St. John’s Literary Institute

East Cambridge
Site of Catholic Fraternal Organization that aided Irish immigrants and figured prominently...



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Tue 9a - 9p
Wed 9a - 9p
Thu 9a - 9p
Fri 9a - 5p
Sat 9a - 5p
Sun 1p - 5p


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