HOURS OF OPERATION
Main Library
Endicott Branch
43 Church Street
(781) 751-9284
257 Mount Vernon Street
(781) 751-9178
Monday 10am - 9pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday CLOSED
Inclement weather may close the Library, check the website for updates.
DIRECTIONS
Main Library
Endicott Branch
Driving south on Rte. 128:

• Get off at exit 16A, merge onto
High St/RT-109 E toward Dedham.
• Right at Village Ave
• After the cemetary stop sign, continue on
Church St, and the library is on your left
at 43 Church Street.
• There is a parking lot in the back of the library.

For directions from your specific destination, CLICK HERE to use Google Maps.

 

Driving south on Rte. 128:

• Take exit 15A toward Dedham/RT-1A
• Merge onto Boston Providence Pike / Providence Hwy
• Turn right at Eastern Ave
• Turn right at East St
• Turn left at Walnut St
• Turn right at Mt Vernon St.
• The library is on your right at 257 Mount Vernon Street. There is a parking lot at the side of the building.

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HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY
The Dedham Public Library began in 1794 when the First Parish Church organized the Social Library.

The town minister kept the books in his house, issuing them for circulation only on Mondays.
In 1807, the library had 87 volumes; in 1838, 230 volumes; in 1860, 500 volumes. In 1856, the books were moved to the vestry of the First Parish Church and were circulated on Sundays, with Jonathan D. Cobb as the first librarian. In 1860, the library became open to all residents.

On November 24, 1854, Dedham residents founded the Dedham Library Association. The new library, which opened February 1, 1855, was housed at 630 High Street, with Dr. Samuel Adams as the new librarian.

An act of legislature chartered the present Dedham Public Library on March 24, 1871. The Library Association endowed 2,977 books to the new building, a rented room over Thomas J. Baker's store on the corner of Court and Norfolk Streets. Francis M. Mann, a long-time member of the Library Association, was elected as the librarian.

In 1886, Hannah Shuttleworth left a $10,000 bequest to the library which allowed the purchase of land for $2,000 - the current site on the corner of Church and Norfolk Streets. Boston architects Van Brunt and Howe designed the main library with a Romanesque/Southern France style; the exterior is Dedham pink granite and red sandstone trim.

The Trustees approved the addition of a children's room in 1916, and Edith H. Smith became the first children's librarian. In 1952, an entire children's wing was added, along with a renovation of the adult department and a new main entrance on Church Street. This is the current state of the main library.

The Endicott Branch was added in 1969.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Dedham Public Library provides services to fulfill the community’s need for personal enrichment, the power of information, and the joy of reading. Our role is to share resources, inspire ideas, and enrich lives.

VISION
The Dedham Public Library seeks to be a safe, accessible, and inviting place conducive to learning, research, and enjoyment. We honor the past, embrace the future, and aspire to be the vibrant, integral heart of the community.

WE VALUE:
• Free and Equal Access for All
• Quality Service
• Intellectual Freedom
• Life-Long Learning

Adopted July, 2012