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.”

Staff

Executive Director

Jean Kallay

jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Assistant Director/Programming Director

Chris Fisher

cfisher@burnhamlibrary.org

Youth Services Programmer

Lianne Ambruso

lambruso@burnhamlibrary.org

Public Services Associate

Kathy Conroy

kconroy@burnhamlibrary.org

Public Services Associate

Andrea Rush

arush@burnhamlibrary.org

Board Officers

President

Betsy Perlman

Vice President

Frank Kelly

Secretary

Catherine Flynn

Treasurer

Cheryl Johnson

2020– 2021 Holiday Closings

Bridgewater Fair 2022 Saturday, August 20
O Silent Night Prep Day Saturday, November 12
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 23 close at 1.00
Thanksgiving Day & Thanksgiving Friday Thursday, November 24 & Friday, 25
Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 24 & Saturday, December 31
Independence Day 2023 Tuesday, July 4

Library Hours

Tuesday

10:00 – 5:00

Wednesday

10:00 – 5:00

Thursday

10:00 – 5:00

Friday

10:00 – 5:00

Saturday

9:00 – 1:00

Board of Trustees

Howard Altschul

Jane Bernstein

Larina Cipolla

Catherine Flynn

Jim Gustin

Cheryl Johnson

Frank Kelly

Melinda Luke

Russell Marcus

Betsy Perlman

Lisa Lau

Library Services

Interlibrary Loan
Burnham Library Book Store
Public Computers  Including 4 laptops
Public WiFi
Meeting Space
Homebound Service
Printer/Scanner/Copy Machine Black/White 25¢ per page • Color 50¢ per page
Fax Machine $1.00 per call
Paperback Exchange
Take one, leave one! FREE
Tech Tutoring
Library of Things
Amazon Kindle Readers