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

Building Access Hours

  • Monday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–2:30 pm

Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Building Access Hours

  • Monday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–2:30 pm

Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

We will be closed Monday, October 9th for Columbus Day.


We are advertising for a Senior Library Assistant/Children’s staffperson. Routine to complex administrative and direct service work supporting various library services, including children’s room and activities. Position is 12 hours per week.

Send cover letter, resume and three references to Arms Library, c/o Director, 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls Mass., by October 12th.

Contact information: Laurie Wheeler, Director. 413-625-0306

Monday 1 -7 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. -7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Story Hour Position

The Arms Library in Shelburne Falls is looking to hire an individual for our weekly Wednesday Preschool Story Hour. Individual will develop the program, and present stories and activities weekly. Early Childhood experience is helpful. Please send resumes and three references to Arms Library, 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls MA 01370 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 1. Thank you! ~ Laurie

Lovely oils and beautiful watercolors by Kim Sebrey are now on exhibit at the Arms Library!

Please ssebrey FLYERtop by during open hours to see "Seasonal Abundance". The exhibit runs through June 2017.

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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The Arms Library Is Open for Limited Access

The Arms Library is open, on a limited basis. Visits have been decreased to twenty minutes per visit, in light of growing Massachusetts and national COVID-19 numbers, with three people in the library at a time, appointments, computer use, plus a limited browsing area are part of the Arms Library's current open state. Call us at 413-625-0306 to make appointments to browse or to use a computer. If an appointment is not made, a person will be asked to wait outside the library until there are the appropriate number of people in the building and/or cleaning has been done in-between visits.

Social distancing protocols, mask requirements for staff and patrons, desk safety shields, regular sanitizing of heavily-trafficked areas such as the front check-out desk, browsing areas and door handles, frequent handwashing by staff, use of hand sanitizer by staff and patrons, are in place.

The hours for building access are Mon. and Wed. 1-5:30 p.m., and Sat. 10-2:30 p.m.

Curbside service will continue, for those who choose not to enter the building, during all open hours, Mon and Wed 10-5:30, and Sat 10-3.

Masks must be properly worn when on the front steps and within the library; hands sanitized (sanitizer provided throughout the library); social distancing is necessary in both areas.

The decision to reopen at this time and level of service has been thought about and discussed at length by library staff and trustees, and within a robust network of Franklin County libraries. The Arms has checked in with local and regional Boards of Health and notified the Shelburne Select Board and Shelburne Emergency Task Force; we have gotten guidance from the Mass Board of Library Commissioners, the CDC and been paying keen attention to scientific studies and Governor's mandates. If you have questions about our protocols, just ask us.

It all sounds like an awful lot of rules for something we used to do with such ease, but this is the way we believe we may safely reopen the library building; a good number of libraries are also beginning to reopen on a limited basis. Everything is fluid, and protocols may change as we receive new information from our trusted sources. We will keep you posted online, in this newsletter, and with posters.

Please, stay safe and stay well.

Laurie, the Arms Library staff, and Board of Library Trustees


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Acorn TV & Movies, The Great Courses, and Qello Concerts Online

Acorn TV, The Great Courses and Qello Concerts. These are three new online services from the Arms. You can access these from outside of the library. For any of these you just need your library card number and to sign in at the above links. For Acorn, you can have a license for a week, to watch as many movies as you want! You can renew you Acorn license again, too.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources and Updates

The Arms Library is the official resource site for the Shelburne COVID-19 Emergency Task Force.
Local & National Resources Reopening Policy Shelburne Updates

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.

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

See a slideshow of photos from the Arms Library renovation