How the Holyoke Public Library
Serves the Community
The Library helps preschoolers get ready to learn to read; strengthens reading skills of school-age children; complements all aspects of children’s school activities; and connects children--and adults--with computers and the information superhighway.
We provide free library cards and services; lend books geared towards the needs and interests of our residents; have special materials like recorded books, books in Spanish and other languages as needed, materials to learn another language, microfilm & reader/printer, a wide selection of videotapes and DVDs available for one week, reproducible Federal and State tax forms, photocopy and fax machines, compact discs, daily newspapers and magazines.
Our reference service helps patrons with assignments, research, reference and referrals, Holyoke history, genealogy, library instructions--to teach the use of library’s sources, tour of the library--etc.
We provide children and adult programming such as pre-school story-time, films, Summer Reading Program; interlibrary loan service for materials not found in the library; monthly new books list, book clubs, lectures of informational matters, entertainment, Support Services for GED, English and basic computer skills, and much more.
The Library is handicap accessible; has a community meeting room available to civic, educational, and cultural groups. Our special collections include the Philip O’Brien Room--Holyoke History Room--which houses an extensive collection of materials on early Holyoke; microfilms of Holyoke Transcript-Telegram (from 1884 to 1993), Springfield Union-News (since 1993), and New York Times (from 1950 to date).