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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Thursday, February 1, 2018, 10:00 AM - Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 11:00 AM


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

Arms Library

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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

Happy winter and a good new year to you all! Yes, this posting is a bit later than I’d planned. And it is definitely snowy out there. We at your Arms Library have been busy helping people with these wintry days by providing books, movies and a cheerful spot to visit with friends and neighbors. The library is also a great place to quietly read, study, or craft in our sunny south reading room. Wednesday mornings will find a roomful of little ones listening and playing during story hours.

We are able to do this thanks to the people around us, who have been taking good care of their library with gifts of all kinds that allow us to grow and provide more programs and services.

Right now, our library’s Board of Trustees is focusing on fundraising for another phase of growth for our library with our Capital Campaign “Arms Around Us for the Next 100 Years”.  More information about our new Capital Campaign, “Arms Around Us for the next 100 years,” is located here.

We want to be able to meet a greater range of community needs. Plans are moving forward for a  larger Children’s Room, with a small performance space, that will be located in the spacious Kirby Langford Room; a Young Adult space will be adjacent. The furnishings in that area will be mobile to allow for larger programs.  Two new Historical display cabinets and more seating will be located in what is currently the Children’s Room. Our Adult Fiction stacks will be moved up to the current Children’s Room, and a community meeting room will be in the space where Adult Fiction has been. Air conditioning, better lighting, paint and new furnishings, along with making the Pratt Building more energy efficient, are part of our plans. And as always, we will keep the building’s unique historic character intact.

All of these improvements are dependent upon fundraising success.  Individuals and businesses from our community have given very generously to help us reach our goals, but we are not there yet. The library is continuing to raise money through May 18th to match funds awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Every dollar donated, and that has been donated, (up to $266,000) will be doubled!!

If you have questions about any of this, please contact us.

The 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

Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsArms Around Us for the Next 100 Years

Our Community Coming Together for Phase II of the Capital Campaign

Perhaps you have visited our busy library in Shelburne Falls. While enjoying our library, you may have noticed that, well, we need some major repairs and system updates. To do this, we have set our sights on restoring the interior of the library.

There are many ways, small and large, to give to the Arms Library. Please look around our website for ways to do this, or read more about Phase II of our Capital Campaign. If you have questions about our fundraising efforts, please call us or stop by the library. We would love to hear from you!

Read more about the Capital Campaign.