60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914


  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

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Arms Library Closed for Renovation
Monday, September 24, 2018, - Thursday, January 31, 2019,

The Arms Library will be closing for three-four months for extensive renovations with a temporary location



  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Arms Library

Contact Information

60 Bridge St. (at the corner of Main St.)
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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(413) 625-0306
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A Note from the Director

Laurie WheelerArms Library Director Laurie Wheeler
Photo by The Recorder/Paul Franz

In Between

The Arms Library has moved in, and out, temporarily changing locations from the Pratt Memorial Library Building to the Greenfield Cooperative Bank’s meeting room. We are “in between,” waiting to begin construction, which is expected to begin very soon.

The library building is empty except for the circulation desks and the metal bookshelves. It has not been like this since 1914! In 1914, there was just one floor. Now, sound echoes up and down the staircase, and from one end to another. The building has cooled down (books provide a lot of insulation), the terrazzo floor in the foyer is now prominent, and the spots where TLC is needed are highlighted. But here’s the surprise. I thought the space would feel forlorn, but instead, it is calling out to be filled with life, a dance, a party! We decided to have one, a potluck, on Sunday, October 14 from 1-3 p.m. We had a great turnout, amusic by Dave the Enternainter, and Sonny Crawford.

We spent months of preparation, clearing out and packing up, before the actual move. On September 24th, Sitterly Movers started packing up our library – it took them a full day and a half. Every book, video, table, and chair is now in storage at Sitterly’s facility. They packed up a tractor trailer truck and a half of just the books!

We value our history, and the move to our current temporary location, is in keeping with tradition. In the time since its incorporation in 1854, the library has been housed in the Bank Block, the Stebbins Block, Memorial Hall, and, since 1914, the Pratt Memorial Library Building, which was built to be our permanent home.

In the middle of all the movement, and as we cleared out corners that had not been seen in decades, I stopped to think about all of the changes this building has seen. Looking in on itself and outward onto the townscape, what changes were happening in the town? How did the library grow in relation to people’s needs? Decade by decade, what do you remember of the world? What was happening in our town and to its buildings?

And just as reminders, the library is keeping its regular hours, Mon. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please use 413-512-3389 to contact us during the renovation.

The library will still offer interlibrary loans ordering and pick up, a small browsing collection of the latest adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s titles, DVDs, audiobooks, and our regular stash of newspapers and magazines. Books may be dropped off at our temporary location during open library hours, or, when we are closed, in the regular bookdrop beside the library's front steps.

We are encouraging people to make even more use of the interlibrary loan system, our other local libraries, and electronic media during this time period. If anyone needs assistance with any of the systems we are here to help. The bookdrop will be available in its regular spot to the left of the library.

We will periodically post photos on Facebook as the work progresses.

Thank you for you patience throughout this project.

You can read more about the fundraising aspect of our project at progress on Phase II of our capital campaign. And please look at our renovation plans, either online or right here at the library.

Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsThe Arms Library, housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building, is located at 60 Bridge Street on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets.

We invite you to explore our website. There are links to order books, and become involved with the library, as well as library contact information, research and Facebook links, and much more.

Be well, and enjoy.

-Laurie Wheeler