Watertown Free Public Library

In an age where technology rules, there is something nostalgic and comforting about wandering through shelves loaded with real life books. As much as we love our Kindles and nooks, nothing will replace the feeling of cracking open a hard cover book and flipping through the pages. Plus, libraries offer so much more than book borrowing; we’re excited to give you a virtual tour of all that you’ll find inside the Watertown Free Public Library.

Inside the library, located on the first floor, is the Red Leaf Café. The café is open every day except for Sundays and serves a variety of salads, wraps, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. There’s really nothing better than enjoying a cup of joe while reading a good book!

Another unique feature of the library is the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery, located on the second floor. The gallery is named after Mr. Kelly, longtime Watertown resident, donor to the library building fund, and professor at Boston College. Each month, a new exhibit can be found in the gallery and is available for public viewing.

Throughout the library you’ll find a number of desktops and laptops that can be used for internet searches and research. You’ll also find catalog computers, a microfilm machine, early literacy station, and book scanner, among other pieces of tech equipment. There is also a variety of technology available for borrowing, as well as copying, scanning, and printing services available.

WFPL’s HATCH Makerspace, is managed by the library but housed offsite at 485 Arsenal Street until July 16th, when it will be moved to a temporary location in Watertown Square. Check out our earlier profile of HATCH to get a sense of what they offer, and check back on the WFPL website for updates on their move!

The WFPL is open every day of the week, excluding some holidays. Check here for specific operating hours and holiday closures. We hope to see you there!