About Us

Director
Bonnie Roalsen
(781) 751-9281
broalsen@minlib.net

Main Library
43 Church St
Dedham, MA 02026
Circulation (781) 751-9284
Reference (781) 751-9291
Children’s/YA (781) 751-9283
Endicott Branch
257 Mount Vernon St
Dedham, MA 02026
Circulation (781) 751-9177
Reference (781) 751-9126

 

 

 

Hours

Main Library Hours Endicott Branch Hours
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
10am – 9pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 9pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
closed
closed
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
10am – 5pm
1pm – 9pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
closed

 

Social Media

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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