Since 1926, the Burnham Library has stood as a center of the 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.”


Executive Director

Jean Kallay

Youth Services Coordinator

Lianne Ambruso

Public Services Associate

Kathy Conroy

Public Services Associate

Andrea Rush

Board Officers


Betsy Perlman

Vice President

Frank Kelly


Catherine Flynn


Cheryl Johnson

2022-2023 Holiday Closings

Bridgewater Fair 2022 Saturday, August 20
O Silent Night Prep Day Saturday, November 12
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 23 close at 2:00
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


10:00 – 5:00


10:00 – 5:00


10:00 – 5:00


10:00 – 5:00


9:00 – 1:00

Board of Trustees

Howard Altschul

Jane Bernstein

Larina Cipolla

Catherine Flynn

Cheryl Johnson

Frank Kelly

Melinda Luke

Russell Marcus

Betsy Perlman

Lisa Lau