Library Open by Appointment Only

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

*Note: You must reach out to us directly by email or phone in order to secure an appointment slot. The calendar is only used to show what slots are available. Thank you!

The library is open for limited in-person visits by appointment only. The CLA is mask welcoming, but they are not required. We will continue to provide masks and hand sanitizer for those who want them. We will continue to monitor Covid-19 positivity rates and will reconsider our policies as needed.

Capacity and visit length will be determined by staff and limited to the following times on Monday thru Friday:

  • 9 AM – 12PM or 1 PM - 4 PM. The Library will be closed from 12 PM to 1 PM.

If you wish to make an appointment, please look at our public calendar for available dates and times and send a request to We recommend that you allow at least one week advanced notice for your appointment and search our catalog for items you want to look at during your visit. Please note that items that are listed as “Offsite – Please Email” will take one week to be made available.

Please note that appointments are only for yourself and any additional visitors will need to be cleared with the library.

If you are sick, please reschedule your appointment.

If visiting from out of state, please adhere to Massachusetts’ travel advisory as outlined here.

If you have an outstanding health issue that may impact your chances of visiting, we encourage you to reach out to and we would be happy to work on providing appropriate accommodations.

When arriving at 14 Beacon Street, please select Congregational Library from the kiosk at the building entrance and you will be voice-greeted by a staff member who will buzz you in through the doors. Proceed to the Library on the 2nd floor.

The following guidelines will be strictly enforced for all visitors:

  • Visitor access will be limited to the Reading Room, foyer and bathrooms.
  • Adherence to scheduled dates and times.

Lockers will be available to all patrons who wish to secure personal belongings.

For any other questions, please email