Special Collections

Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
Worcester MA , 01608
TTY/TDD: (508)799-1724
FAX: (508)799-1713
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Nancy Gaudette, Worcester Room Librarian (508)799-1670
Hours: M-Th 9:00AM-9:00PM F,Sa 9:00AM-5:30PM
Seasonal Hours:
  October-April: Su 1:30PM-5:30PM June-August: Sa 9:00AM-1:00PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: http://cmars.cwmars.org/search~S64
Services for the Disabled:
  TTY/TDD Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Assistive devices available Handicapped parking Special access services Optelec (magnification viewer)
Other Services:
  Information on hotel/housing accommodations
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Worcester Room
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Nancy Gaudette, Worcester Room Librarian (508)799-1670 ngaudette@cwmars.org
Collections: 2
Formats: 30 linear feet of archives 20,000 volumes of monographs 15 linear feet of newspapers 1,700 maps 40,339 photographs 3,122 microforms 465 reels of microforms reels of video tapes ephemera
Collection Description:
  Crown Collection (12,000 volumes donated by founder to form basis of a public reference library)
Worcester Collection (published materials relating to the City of Worcester and Worcester County)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Sign-in required
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Self-service copying Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras
Loans: No loans permitted Exceptions made at discretion of librarian
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide
Directions: FROM I-90(MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE): Take the I-290 East/Auburn Exit. From I-290, take College Square exit. Bear left at end of ramp, staying in middle lane. Pass under I-290 and continue straight ahead on Southbridge St. Go past "Miss Worcester Diner" on your right at about the fourth traffic light. After passing under two railroad trestles, the road will curve to the right. At the next traffic light after the curve, turn left onto Myrtle St. Go one block and turn right onto Salem St. There you will see the entrance to a metered parking lot next to the library. FROM I-495 (NORTH OR SOUTH): Take the I-290 West Exit. Get off I-290 at Exit 16 which is Central St. Bear right at end of exit ramp; get in left lane of Central St. The Post Office is visible on your left as you approach the next light. Turn left onto Summer St. and continue a few hundred yards straight to the Washington Square rotary. Bear right into the rotary and take the very next street off the rotary. *Get into the left lane and turn left at light onto Worcester Center Blvd. and continue to next major intersection with Franklin St. Continue straight through light. The YWCA will be on your right. Take a sharp right turn just past the wall that backs the YWCA property. Take the next left into the public metered parking lot beside the library. There is also a large parking garage across the square from the library. Entrance is on the side street, Commercial Street.