Fall River Public Library : Preserving Yesterday, Informing Today, Inspiring Tomorrow

About the Fall River Public Library


The Fall River Public Library seeks to be an integral part of the community by providing all residents with a wide variety of popular and reference materials, resources, technology, and services that facilitate their daily lives and extend their personal and intellectual development.

The People's University

The motto "The People's University," carved on the library's original Fall River granite walls, testifies to the public library's long-standing role as a free source of education open to all people in a democratic society. The staff of the Fall River Public Library works to create an environment that welcomes and satisfies the needs of patrons of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. 

Vision Statement

The Fall River Public Library seeks to be a household name as your one-stop source for information, education, and entertainment.


The Fall River Public Library was founded in 1861, as the direct descendant of the Fall River Athenaeum, a private subscription library which had been in operation since 1835. The library was housed in the Fall River City Hall until 1886, when a fire destroyed part of the collection and forced relocation to rented premises on North Main Street. The new location, while more spacious, was not considered suitable as permanent housing for a public library, and in 1895 the City authorized construction of a library building. The present library building on North Main Street was opened in 1899. Beginning in 2001, the library underwent a complete restoration. The original building has retained its beauty and historic appeal, but with facilities designed for the 21st century library user.

With more computers, wireless access, and book stacks open to the public, the new building, opened in 2003, continues to amaze visitors with its vaulted ceilings, marble accents and graceful design. We are still a source for books, but we now offer you access to electronic information as well. While technology changes rapidly, our mission is still to create an environment that welcomes patrons of all ages, interests, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.


Library Hours and Directions

Main Library:

104 N. Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720
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Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sept.-June)*

The Elm Street entrance is handicapped accessible. All floors are accessible by elevator.

Metered parking is available on Main and Elm Streets; parking is free after 5 p.m. There is a small lot behind the library on Elm Street. Spaces closest to the street are for the public.

South Branch Library:

58 Arch Street, Fall River, MA 02724
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Monday/Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday/Saturday:  9 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.*

Ample parking is available in the parking lot. Turn onto Arch Street from Broadway. The entrance is in the back, next to the Children's Advocacy Center.

*Libraries are closed on Saturdays in the summer, starting the second Saturday in June and re-opening in September after Labor Day.

Library Staff

Main library mailing address: 104 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720   
Main Phone: 508-324-2700   
Extensions: Adult Circulation, 2; Reference, 3; Children's, 4; Administration, 7

For general questions about the library, including scheduling programs and meeting space:

Library Administrator:  Liane Verville
or Assistant Library Administrator
: Kate Kulpa

For questions about library materials, policies, purchasing, or programs for adults:
Adult Services and Circulation: Kate Kulpa

To renew library materials, place holds, or reserve museum passes :
Adult Services and Circulation: Call 508-324-2700, ext. 2

For questions about library materials, policies or programs for children:
Children's Services:  David Mello

For interlibrary loan:
ILL Services: Taylor Silva

For reference questions, help with library technology, genealogy, or research assistance:
Reference Services: Reference Department  

South Branch Supervisor: Elizabeth Washburn
South Branch mailing address: 58 Arch Street, Fall River, MA 02724     Phone: 508-324-2708

Web site maintained by Kate Kulpa

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