Special Collections

New Bedford Free Public Library
613 Pleasant Street
New Bedford MA , 02740
TTY/TDD: (508)998-6419
FAX: (508)991-6468
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Jodi Goodman, Special Collections Coordinator (508)991-6275 jgoodman@sailsinc.org
Hours: M,W,F 1:00PM-5:00PM Tu,Th 1:00PM-9:00PM Sa 9:00AM-5:00PM Su CLOSED
Closings: Open half days on Good Friday, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Closed the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Online Catalog:
  Web: https://sails.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/nbedmain/
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Information on hotel/housing accommodations
Bibliographic Utility:
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Jodi Goodman, Special Collection Coordinator (508)991-6276 jgoodman@sailsinc.org
Hours: M,T 9:00AM-5:00PM W 1:00PM-9:00PM Th 1:00PM-5:00PM F,S By Appointment Only
Collections: 150
Formats: 6,240 manuscripts 150 sets of manuscripts 280 linear feet of archives 500 volumes of archives 15,895 volumes of monographs 196 linear feet of newspapers 1,906 reels of newspapers 1,500 maps 135 linear feet of photographs 164 linear feet of pamphlets 34 linear feet of microforms 3,812 reels of microforms 40 linear feet of ephemera 110 compact disks art collection
Collection Description:
  Whaling Manifests (Finding Aid)
Personal Papers
New Bedford Town Records
Whaling Agent Records (Finding Aid)
Custom House Papers (800-1920)
Merchant's Manifests
Civil War
Camp Meig
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Self-service copying (change needed) Institution will produce microfilm copies for a fee Restrictions on cameras
Loans: No loans permitted Special loan policies in effect
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guides for archives' records groups Guide to photographic collection
Directions: FROM I-195: Take Exit 15 (Route 18) to 2nd exit, and then turn left onto Purchase St. After the 2nd light (Route 6), turn left onto either the 2nd (William) or 3rd (Market) cross streets. The library is located between these two blocks, facing Pleasant St.