Library Hours

Main Library

Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m

South Branch Library:

Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Sundays 1-4pm

 

  • Children's Room
  • Circulation
  • Special Collections
  • Reference
  • Technical Services
  • Irish Collection
  • MVLC

Welcome to the Children's Room

The Children's Room offers year-round programming for children from birth through the sixth grade. 

 

 

Kids Room Calendar

 

 

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Great Links for Kids

for great websites for kids to check out!

Getting a Library Card

  

Application               Solicitud

The library registers Lawrence residents above 7th grade with a picture ID (driver's license, or MA ID)  and proof of address (utility bill, current month rent receipt, or currently postmarked mail). Borrowers kindergarten through 6th grade must have a parent or guardian's signature to obtain a library card.

Other Massachusetts residents with a card from their hometown belonging to the MVLC network are welcome to use our library.If you are a member of another network (NOBLE, Minuteman, MetroBoston, Clams, Old Colony, or CW/MARS) we can register your card in our network.

For an annual fee of $75.00 non-Lawrence residents may obtain a Lawrence Public Library Card which would give the borrower access to all of the services offered by the Lawrence Public Library including our extensive online Databases as well as accesss to the entire MVLC  network.

Loan Periods

Items Number of items Loan Period
Books 30 items total, limit of 5 DVDs(adult card)
10 (child, grade 6 and under)
3 weeks
Books on Tape / CD 3 weeks
Kits 3 weeks
Magazines 3 weeks
Videos and DVD’s 1 week
Cassettes / CD’s 3 weeks

Most items can be renewed once in person, on the phone, or through our online catalog if there are no requests on the item. A fine of $.25 a day will be charged for overdue books, magazines, cassettes, kits, books on tape and books on CD.  A fine of a $1.00 a day will be charged for overdue videos and DVDs.

Agency Cards
The library has developed a service that increases an organization's access to library materials.  Agency cards encourage the staff and administrators of such programs to work closely with their residents/clients in the use and return of library materials.  This approach is based on the organization accepting formal responsibility for the return of library materials charged out to its residents/clients. The Lawrence Public Library issues cards to organizations as a whole and/or to an individual resident or client at the discretion of the organization.  All agency cards are held at the library and the organization can directly regulate its use by supplying a list of staff, residents, or clients authorized to use the card.Please come to the circulation desk at the main library if you would like to arrange to get an agency card.

Homebound Patrons
The library has developed a service for patrons unable to get to our library.  If you can not get to us we can get to you.  With a valid Lawrence Public Library card we deliver materials to Lawrence residents who can not get to our library because of age, illness, or permanent disability which prevents them from getting to our library.   Please call the circulation desk at the main library (978-620-3600)if you would like to arrange to get book deliveries.

Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Lawrence Public Library is composed of manuscripts, archives, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera.  The majority of the collections are housed in the 3rd floor History Room of the main library building at 51 Lawrence Street. 

Special Collections materials do not circulate.  Microfilm readers are available on the 2nd  and 3rd floor.  

Research requests can be directed to Louise Sandberg, in person, by mail, email, or by calling 978-620-3606 . 

The minimum charge for research is $10 per hour with a $5 minimum. 

Visit our new Queen City Massachusetts "Catablog" for details about some of the interesting holdings in the Library's Special Collections.

click here 

Birth Records Index

The Library and its dedicated volunteers have indexed the 8,000 or so Proof of birth records. These documents include passports, baptismal records, birth certificates, and other forms of identification that were taken from parents to prove the ages of their children. Children between the ages of 14 and 16 could only work with supervision by the Lawrence Public Schools. The index is now available. The list on this post includes only the names and birth dates when available. It is a wonderful collection and the Library very much wants to share its rich detail with the public. Should you find a name of a relative please contact me. As a hint of what is in the collection I have displayed some images. About .02% of the documents contain photos of the children, sometimes with their families, who came to Lawrence from about 1910 to 1930. click here For more information about the list you may call our archivist, Louise Sandberg at 978-620-3606 or click here to send her an email.

Lawrence Textile Workers Strike of 1912 Bibliography

click here

Postcard Collection

click here

World War II Veterans

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z

Pastoral Letter from Archbishop, William Cardinal O'Connell on "the conditions of the working man" dated November 23, 1912

click here

Genealogical Resources

Collections  

Books and serials encompassing these topics:
  • History of the United States with and emphasis on New England, labor, textiles and textile history, Catholicism, and genealogy.
Library of the Pacific Mills
  • Remains of a library once used by employees of the mill and given to the LPL.
Posters of World War I and II

Local History Room  

World War II 
  • Boxes of 5x10 inch index cards with newspaper clippings of Lawrence World War II veterans.           
Grace Church
  • Newsletters, pamphlets.
Civil War
  • Records of the Needham and Lawton chapters of the GAR.   
Society of Natural History and Archaeology
  • Records of the local organization from 1886 to1928.
Badger & Nash Grocers
  • Account Book for the years 1855 and 1856.
Lawrence Public Library
  • Both the records and photographs.
Lawrence Opera House, Lawrence City Hall, Entertainments
  • Programs
Lawrence Churches
  • Mostly ephemera from a variety of Lawrence churches.
John R. Rollins
  • Letters written to Rollins when he was writing his book about the Rollins family
Lawrence Bridge Company
  • Account book when it was a toll bridge
Lawrence Public Schools
  • Records including School Committee Reports
Committee on the Lawrence Common
  • Minutes 1849-1852.
Lawrence Police Department
  • Police Log 1865-1868
Textile Strike 1912
  • A collection of Scrapbooks and 2 small broadsides
Lawrence City Mission
  • Annual reports
Pemberton Mill Disaster
  • Scrapbooks
Lawrence Treasurer Office
  • Account Book 1847-1853
United Textile Workers of America
  • Collective bargaining records
Lawrence Family
  • Small collection of letters to and from members of the city’s namesake’s founder
Old Residents’ Association
  • Scrapbook
Robert Frost Collection
  • Books written by or about the Lawrence poet and a small collection of memorabilia.
Images
  • Collections include: Postcards and stereo slides of Greater Lawrence, photographs of Semana Hispana, the NRA parade of 1933, the Jennings family, the God and Country Parade of 1962, flood of 1936, Lawrence Cyclone (1890), before urban renewal (1958), Fr. O’Reilly’s Golden Jubilee Parade, cabinet cards of the Lawrence High School graduating classes of 1897, 1908, and 1909, as well as many miscellaneous images that help to document life in the Merrimack valley.

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Reference Department

The Reference Department is the information center for the library.  We make available a large number of written and online resources to help our customers find the answers they are looking for. 

Our staff has a "hands on" approach to customer service and is always happy to help people navigate their way through what are often confusing information channels. 

Through the library’s reference department, schools, civic groups and community organizations can arrange for tours and special classes.

The Lawrence Public Library is one of 35 member libraries of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. This consortium was established in order for libraries to share resources. Our reference staff can help our customers take full advantage of this resource-sharing.  Ours is an educated and multilingual staff ready to assist all of our customers with any needs and questions they may have.

As a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium and Information Network, the Lawrence Public Library provides its patrons access to online databases.

Check out the links on our DATABASE page.         

These can be accessed from home and in the library.  Access to some of these links will require you to enter your Lawrence Public Library Card Number. 

Questions? Call (978-620-3615)

The reference department houses the main Library Computer Lab. The lab has twenty four public access computers with:. 

 

  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office
  • Visually impaired access
  • Printer capabilities $.10 per black and white copy $.25 per full color copy

For more information please come by or call the Computer Lab at the main library (978-620-3613).

 

 

Technical Service

The Technical Services and Acquisition Department of the Lawrence Public Library is a major unit of the library itself.  The Technical Service Department staff is responsible for:
  • Managing an acquisitions budget in excess of 120,000 dollars (between City,  State, and private funds)
  • Acquiring materials for all areas of the library and its Branch
  • Cataloging all or some material for both locations
  • Checking-in periodicals and other material on subscription or standing order
  • Processing of all materials

The Lawrence Public Library recognized its responsibility to have available a representative selection of materials on subjects of interest to its users. The library’s objective in selecting materials for its users is to make available a well-balanced collection that satisfies informational, recreational, and cultural needs from early childhood through adulthood. 

The ultimate responsibility for the selection of materials rests with the Library Director operating within the framework of policies and objectives determined by the Board of Trustees, the Library’s Mission Statement, and other agencies.  However, if a person would like to make a suggestion for a specific item that they would like the library to acquire, please call us at (978) 620-3608 or send an e-mail to Maureen Murphy and the Technical Service Department staff will relate your suggestion to the Library for consideration.  

 

 

The Irish Collection

The AOH Div. 8 Irish collection is on permanent loan from the Lawrence chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians to the Lawrence Public Library.  The collection is made up of several thousand titles of books, records, videos, and serials about Ireland and the Irish.  The collection is housed in the

The David R. Burke Memorial Room

The room is named in honor of the late David R. Burke, our good friend and dedicated member of the Library's Board of Trustees. Located in the lower level of the South Branch Library, the room is home to the Ancient Order of Hibernian's Irish Collection.

The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium is a network of public libraries serving thirty-five communities throughout the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Nearly three million items are speedily available to you through MVLC.

Looking for the latest DVD or video release? Want to read the new bestseller all your friends are raving about? Hoping to learn a foreign language? If your local library doesn't have it, you can get that item from any other library in the consortium, often in 48 hours or less! If necessary, member libraries can even request items for you from libraries all over the country.

Visit our libraries to use their up-to-date reference collections. Be sure to call your local library with any questions you may have. From foreign exchange rates to e-mail addresses of your local legislators, our reference librarians are eager to assist you. In addition, you can access a variety of online reference databases through the MVLC Web site.