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History

Westfield has had an official municipal library since 1905. But, perhaps unsurprisingly for this town, a group of spirited individuals got together long before that to organize a local book exchange they called the Every Saturday Book Club. Plans to form an actual library got off the ground three years later, in 1876, and Westfield residents haven’t stopped supporting or improving their public library since.

Today, members of the Every Saturday Book Club might be pleased to know that in addition to being open seven days a week, Westfield Memorial Library welcomes more than 250,000 patrons a year. Visitors young and old come for the books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs, and the programs such as story times for children, foreign films for cinema buffs, concerts, lectures and plays. Some may come to sit in a quiet corner in a comfortable chair with a good book, others for the Internet access or resources useful for students, professionals, small businesses and those looking for work.

Westfield Memorial Library serves our community superbly in so many ways. The Foundation considers it a privilege to assist that mission, and to rally others in support as well.    

Each year, your library:

  • Circulates 350,000 items
  • Is the busiest library in Union County
  • Answers 25,000 reference questions
  • Presents programs attended by 11,000 patrons
  • Offers computer training for all ages
  • And serves the public seven days a week.
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