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1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132
617-325-3147
Branch Librarian: Sheila G. Scott
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12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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The West Roxbury Branch has a large mural created by local teens.

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spacer graphic DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
Some collections of special note: the Irish history collection, literature collection, and world language materials as well as strong large print, audio and DVD collections. The children's room has a strong collection of fiction and Folktales and picture books.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool story hours for children. A book discussion group for adults. Monthly exhibits by local artists are held in our art gallery. The annual intergenerational poetry contest takes place in the spring. A drop-in knitting program meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and is open to all ages and Caps for Kids donations provide warm hats for Boston-area children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Lecture programs are typically offered in the fall or spring focusing on topics of local interest including local history. West Roxbury Reads is held every other year and is is sponsored by the Friends and other local agencies, working together with library staff to focus on a particular book. Summer reading programs are offered for children. Book readings by local authors.

HISTORY
In 1876 the Boston Public Library created a delivery station when it took over the collection of the West Roxbury Free Library. In 1896 it became a full branch of the Boston Public Library. In 1921-22 a new library building was built at the present site. In 1977 a devastating fire destroyed the neighboring West Roxbury Congregational Church and the land was deeded to the Trustees of the Boston Public Library for the purpose of an addition to the Branch building. On September 24, 1989 the new addition was opened to the public with community rooms, a gallery and a reading garden. The branch is home to the West Roxbury Historical Society.