Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many levels does the library have and where are things located?
A. The library has a total of six floors, not including basement and attic. The main public areas are:

  • Ground floor (Elm Street entrance): Children's Room, meeting rooms, bathrooms. Elevator level L.
  • Main floor (Main Street entrance): Circulation Desk, Young Adult Room, AV Room, new books, large print, pop culture collection. Elevator level M.
  • Third floor: Reference Room, Fall River Room, Friends Bookstore. Elevator level U.

The library also has stack levels (1-6) with no public service areas, just bookshelves. Signs near the elevator will direct you where to look for fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

Q. Does the library have free parking?
A. There is a small parking lot behind the library, on Elm Street. Half of this is available for public parking. There is also metered parking on Main Street and Elm Street (free after 5 pm).

Q. Can I donate books to the library?
A. Our Friends of the Library group accepts gently used books (relatively new and in good condition). We also have a Little Free Library on the front lawn where you can "take a book, leave a book." We are not able to accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or VHS tapes.

Q. When was the library built? Has it always been a library?
A. The library was designed for use as a public library by architect Ralph Adams Cram. It was completed in 1899.

Q. Does the library have public computers and printing?
A. Yes, we do. There is a large computer lab in the reference area (upstairs) and several computers on the main floor.