Holyoke Public Library

While, in many ways, its mission remains very much unchanged, what does not change much, but improves through the years, is its resources and services to the community.

The Library’s focus has moved from one of custody of books for the enlightened to promotion of literacy for the many.  The Holyoke Public Library fosters a culture of reading and thought by serving Holyoke residents’ needs for information, lifelong learning and leisure pursuits.  The Library helps preschoolers get ready to learn to read; strengthens reading skills of school- age children; complements all aspects of children’s school activities; and connects children-- and adults--with computers and the information superhighway.

We provide free library cards, programs and services; lend books geared towards the needs and interests of our residents; have special materials like books-on-tapes, Spanish books, language tapes, reference databases, a wide selection of DVDs, compact discs, daily newspapers and magazines, museum passes; reproducible Federal and State tax forms, microfilm reader/printer, photocopy and fax machines. Our reference service helps library users with assignments, research, reference and referrals, Holyoke history, genealogy, library instructions--to teach the use of  library’s sources, tour of the library--etc.

We provide children’s programming such as pre-school story-time, films, Summer Reading Program, and much more; Interlibrary loan service for materials not found in the library; monthly new books list and more.

The Library is handicap accessible; has a community meeting room available to civic, educational, and cultural groups. Our special collections include the Local History Room--which houses an extensive collection of materials on early Holyoke; microfilms of Holyoke Transcript, Holyoke Telegram, the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram (from 1884 to 1993); Springfield Union-News (since 1993).

Please visit our Official Website for much more information.

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Summer Hours
June to August

8:30 am-6:00 pm
8:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturdays, Sundays
& 4th of July

Local History Room
For hours call

Fall - Winter & Spring
September to May

8:30 am-8:30 pm
8:30 am-4:00 pm

Sundays & Holidays

Carla Wessels - Assistant Director

(413) 420-8101


Nathan Hayes - Children Librarian (daytime)

(413) 322-5635


Jason Lefebvre - Children Librarian (evenings)

(413) 322-5635


R. Andrew Parker - Financial Manager

(413) 420-8101


Linda Kurowski - Technical Services

(413) 420-8101


Martha Olver - Technical Services

(413) 420-8101


Meg Haley - Technical Services

(413) 420-8101


Eileen Crosby - Holyoke History Room Archivist

(413) 420-8101


Michael Baron - Reference Librarian (daytime)

(413) 420-8101


Cheryl Livengood - Reference Librarian (evening)

(413) 420-8101


Lucy Diaz - Library Assistant

(413) 420-8101


Jane Frankel - Library Assistant

(413) 420-8101


Mayra Rivera - Library Assistant (evening)

(413) 420-8101


Anne Gorman - Library Assistant / ILL

(413) 420-8101


Florence Stefancik - Financial Manager Assistant

(413) 420-8101


Tom Keeler - Custodian

(413) 420-8101

Mark Gadoury - Custodian

(413) 420-8101

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Department Head

Maria G. Pagan

Maria G. Pagan

Library Director

Office Address

250 Chestnut Street,
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

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