The Building

Barre's first public library was founded on donations from Samuel Gates in 1857. Quarters were shared with the Post Office until the Barre Library Association was established to create a free public library in town. Barre native Henry Woods donated the building named for his family. Construction was started in June 1886, and the library opened to the public on August 1887. From 2000 - 2001, the library underwent renovation and expansion and held a grand reopening on July 2001.

TRUSTEES, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, POLICIES                            Barre Library Association, and Museum Association

Barre Library Association

Founded in 1885, the Barre Library Association (BLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the library. The BLA collects donations to support the library, and is a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore all donations to the association are tax deductible. Funds are used for library programming, buying materials and improving the building. 

Donations may be sent to :  P.O. Box 731 / Barre, MA 01005 

President: Kate Lathrop

Barre Museum Association

The Founders' Museum houses a unique collection of Native American artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, preserved animals and many other items. The items in the collection were donated to the Barre Library Association (BLA) over the years and are currently maintained and operated by volunteers of the Barre Museum Association.
President: Lucy Allen

The next open tour is scheduled for:


The Museum association will make every
effort to open the museum by appointment.
Call (978) 355-2533 to inquire.



Carol Witt, Library Director

Jenna Garvey, Cataloging Librarian/InterLibrary Loan Specialist
Joe Hood, Adult & Technical Services Librarian
Julia Palmer, Youth Services Librarian
Kae Hart, Library Assistant

Pippa Monahan, Library Assistant
Kayla Phillips, Library Assistant

Board of Library Trustees 

This six-member elected board governs the library:
Lester Paquin, Chairman
Cherie Benoit, Vice Chair
Kimberly Dawson
Dona Lapati
Susan Twarog
David Deschamps

Vist for a full meeting schedule.


The library is always looking for capable volunteers.
Please fill out a volunteer application and return it to the library. For more information see the volunteer policy.


Library Policies 

Art Gallery

Borrowing Policy
Item Donation Policy

Material Selection Policy

-Telescope User Agreement
-Launchpad User Agreement
In-house Technology Lending Program

The Internet and Wireless Use Policy

Library Closure Policy

Meeting Room Use Policy

- Meeting Room Use Application

Other Documents

FY2018-FY2023 Long Range Plan

FY2020 Action Plan

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