Beginning life as the Gale Lumber Company, the Collins Branch has been a library since 1936.  Detailed with outstanding oak accents, the floors, doors, and windows are testaments to the workmanship of a day long gone.  The glass in the transom shimmers with age, and the fireplaces give evidence to the building’s beginnings.  Because of advances in other areas, both are no longer used but they still remind everyone who enters the library of its original purpose, its character, and its long association with the neighborhood.  While some value its quaintness above all else, the library is vibrant and dynamic, offering a comprehensive collection of books, DVDs, audio books, children’s materials and magazines.  There are two neighborhood book groups held on the second and third Thursdays of the month.  Book groups are a great way to meet new people and discuss interesting titles. Each day the library begins anew, waiting for its patrons to leave their mark and continue the traditions begun so many years ago. Check out the calendar of events for more programming information.


Computers and Internet access (Wi-Fi)

  • Public computers available for internet access, research, and more
  • Free public wireless internet access (Wi-Fi)
  • Printers (25 free pages per day; 15 cents each page after), including wireless printing from your own device

Upcoming Events

Event Calendar

Come Visit Us!


Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday closed
Thursday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday closed
Sunday closed
Book drop open 24/7


64 Aberdeen Ave. 02138
Phone: 617-349-4021
Fax: 617-349-4423

Map of Location

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