Worcester Free Public Library

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Dr. John Green founded the Worcester Public Library in 1859. A 12-member board of directors that is elected by the City Council governs the library. The library serves a population of close to 200,000 adults and children and circulates close to 700,000 items per year. Worcester Public Library is the largest library in Central Massachusetts and houses more than 900,000 books, videos, audiocassettes, newspapers, magazines, and more in many different languages and for all ages and reading levels!

The Worcester Public Library is a member of C/W MARS (Central Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc.), a 140- member library consortium dedicated to efficient resource sharing and rapid access to information. We have many special collections including U.S. Government Documents, Federal and State Codes and Regulations, in-depth information about Worcester and its history, a grants resource center, the largest preschool collection Central Massachusetts, and much more!

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