Since 1926, the Burnham Library has stood as a center of community and life-long learning in Bridgewater. Its story begins, not in the handsome stone building that graces our downtown, but scattered in multiple homes, organizations and spaces throughout Bridgewater. The desire to have a place to house a public library was finally realized thanks to the generous bequest of Captain William Dickson Burnham. Since this point, the Burnham Library has continued to keep its vision forward-thinking while being informed and guided by its past.

“Bad libraries build collections.
Good libraries build services.
Great libraries build communities”
–R. David Lankes

The goal of our staff, board and friends is to not just provide an institution rooted in the traditional trappings of libraries, but to create a place for gathering, conversation and community.

Our Mission

“The Burnham Library is a valued regional resource for Bridgewater and surrounding towns, providing a warm friendly environment for lifelong learning, cultural events and community activities. It is responsive to stakeholders needs and uses acknowledged best practices.”

Library Hours and Services

Library Hours

Tuesday

1:00 – 5:00

Wednesday

9:00 – 6:00

Thursday

9:00 – 6:00

Friday

1:00 – 5:00

Saturday

9:00 – 1:00

2019– 2020 Holiday Closings

Independence DayThursday, July 4th
Bridgewater Fair 2019Saturday, August 17th
O Silent Night Prep DaySaturday, November 15th
Thanksgiving EveWednesday, November 20th close at 12.00
Thanksgiving Day & Thanksgiving FridayThursday, November 21st & Friday, 22nd
 Christmas DayWednesday, December 25th

Library Services

Interlibrary Loan
Around The Corner Book Store
Public Computers Including 4 laptops
WiFi
Meeting Space
Home bound Service
Printer/Scanner/Copy MachineBlack/White 25¢ per page • Color 50¢ per page
Fax Machine$2.00 first page, $1.00 each additional
Paperback Exchange
Take one, leave one! FREE
Tech Tutoring
Chromecast Streaming Device
Amazon Kindle Readers