The Greenfield Public Library serves as a public center for enrichment, entertainment, access to technology, self-directed learning and the exploration of ideas. The Library serves all members of the community, regardless of age, income, education, religious or political beliefs and makes no judgment on the nature of individual inquiry.
The GPL is currently housed in the Leavitt-Hovey House which was designed by Asher Benjamin, the writer of the first architectural pattern book published in America. Built in 1797 for Atty. Jonathan Leavitt, it was later owned by George Hovey, a local area merchant. In 1907 the Town of Greenfield purchased the building for the purpose of renovating it to become a public library. While the exterior was preserved, the wings needed to be rebuilt. The library opened on January 11, 1909 with close to a thousand people in attendance. (Kellogg, History of Greenfield 1900 – 1929).
- Monday 9:30-8:00
- Tuesday 9:30-8:00
- Wednesday 9:30-8:00
- Thursday 9:30-5:00
- Friday 9:30-5:00
- Saturday 9:30-2:00
- How Do I Apply
Any resident of the state of Massachusetts can get a free library card at the Greenfield Public Library. An annual fee of $35 is charged to people in towns without a certified library or to those from out of state. If you have a library card from another C/W MARS library, you may be able to use that one. To get a library card, come to the Library with a photo ID and proof of MA residency. Applications are available at both circulation desks. Lost cards can be replaced (with photo ID) for $2.00.
- Borrowing Limits
10 Audio books
20 Music CDs
50 Items total
You may have 20 items on hold at one time
- Loan Periods
Books, Audio Books & Music CDs…………3 weeks plus 2 renewals
Magazines, Bestsellers & DVDs…………1 week plus 2 renewals
Museum Passes…………Same-day loan. No renewals.
There are three ways to renew your materials:
- Online through our website
- In person at the Library
- By phone during Library hours (413-772-1544)
- Late Fees*
Print and Audio Materials fees are 10¢ per day. Maximum of $3 per item
DVDs fees are $1 per day. Maximum of $5 per item
Museum Passes fees are $5 per day. Maximum of $25 per pass
* Cards with $10 or more in fees are blocked from all Library services, including internet computers. You may not use another patron’s card to access computers or check out materials.
* You may pay your fines and fees with your credit or debit card online, or by cash or check at the Library.
- Update Your Account
Feel free to call the library during our regular hours (413-772-1544) or stop in to renew your library account.
- How Can I Volunteer at the GPL?
The GPL is not currently accepting applications for new volunteers.
The Greenfield Public Library Volunteer Program is designed to expand and enhance public service to the community. Volunteers generally provide support services to paid staff; work on special projects; or deliver library materials to the homebound. Volunteers are expected to act in accordance with library policies and to reflect positive customer service attitudes to all library patrons.
Selection of Volunteers
Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the library at any given time, and based on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours. Selection of in-house volunteers is the responsibility of the Director and/or Asst. Director in conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator; selection of delivery volunteers is the responsibility of the Homebound Volunteer Coordinator.
Prospective volunteers are requested to fill out an application form and will be interviewed by one of the above individuals. If there are no suitable volunteer opportunities, application forms will be kept on file for a period of one year. Applicants will be called if a project is identified which matches their interests or qualifications.
- Roles and Responsibilities
The library depends on its volunteers for a wide variety of tasks which otherwise need to be assigned to library staff. We therefore ask volunteers to be reliable in their commitment to the library and to notify the library in advance if they are unable to work their regularly schedule time slot. In turn, volunteers will be notified immediately on any given day when the library opens late or closes early for any reason.Individuals are asked to wear a name badge that identifies them as a volunteer while they are working at the library. Volunteers are expected to refer all requests for information to the library staff, other than purely directional questions (e.g. where is the bathroom; where is the children’s room, etc.). Volunteers are asked to keep an accurate record of the hours they work each week, for the use of the Director.
- Training and Supervision
The Library Director and Volunteer Coordinator coordinate the in-house volunteer program. Volunteers will receive specific training in their assigned duties from the library staff member who directly supervises their work. All reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of volunteers.
- Work Schedules
Volunteers shall only work during hours when adequate supervision is available. Typically, a volunteer works a 2-3 hour time slot once each week. Individual work schedules and specific time commitments will be mutually arranged in advance by the volunteer and the Director or immediate supervisor.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Roles & Responsibilities
The mission of the homebound delivery program is to provide books and other library materials to patrons of the Greenfield Library who are unable to come to the library, whether on a temporary or a permanent basis.Persons needing delivery are referred to the Homebound Volunteer Coordinator. The Coordinator will assess each homebound situation with the goal of assuring safe access and a healthy environment for the delivery volunteer and arranging a suitable match between the homebound patron and the delivery person.
- Training & Supervision
The Homebound Volunteer Coordinator supervises the homebound delivery program. The Coordinator provides continual support and guidance to homebound volunteers in their interactions with at-home patrons and in their selection of materials. The Coordinator also works closely with library staff to facilitate borrowing and delivery of library materials to the homebound.
- Work Schedules
Individual schedules and specific delivery times will be mutually arranged by the delivery volunteer and the homebound patron.
- Complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off the application next time you stop by!
- Roles & Responsibilities
Persons who seek volunteer assignments at the Greenfield Public Library to meet a requirement set by an outside agency for the performance of community service shall be subject to the above selection process and all other provisions of this policy.
Employment of Volunteers in the Library
Volunteers should follow the Town of Greenfield employment process in order to obtain paid employment in the library.
Leaving Volunteer Service
A volunteer selected for work on a special project will discontinue service when that project is completed or terminated, unless other arrangements have been made.
Whenever possible, the library will make an effort to reassign the volunteer. However, if no other mutually suitable volunteer position exists at the time, the volunteer will be asked to discontinue service and his or her application will be kept on file for one year, subject to review should a suitable position become available during that time.
In the event that a volunteer is unable to adequately perform the duties assigned to him or her, and no other appropriate positions are available, the volunteer may be removed from service.
Adopted by Board of Trustees, 12/4/01
- What is Homebound Delivery?
The Homebound Delivery Program is a service offered by the Greenfield Public Library and the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. The purpose is to deliver books to Greenfield residents who are unable to travel to the library. The service is intended to serve people who are homebound for any reason, including permanent or temporary disabilities or health problems, being unable to get out because of inclement weather, or being hospitalized or temporarily confined in nursing homes. The books are brought to your home by a Greenfield Public Library volunteer. The volunteers are men and women who have taken part in a brief training program and are willing to meet with you to discuss your unique needs. Click here to access the application.
- Does the GPL have a long range plan for the future?The library has a long range plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020. It is available here for the public to see.
- How do I pay my fines?
Cash and check payments are accepted at the Circulation Desk. Credit and debit cards are accepted online only.
How to pay fines online:
- Login to your account.
- In Account Summary, click on “Pay Fines” to pay all fines OR select the charges that you wish to pay and click on the “Pay Selected Fines” button.
- Complete all of the relevant information and click Next.
- Review the amount, and click “Submit Payment”.
A receipt will display for printing. (If you are doing this from a computer in the library, you may not be able to print this receipt.)
If you have entered a valid email address, receipt of payment will also be sent to the address you entered with your billing information.