Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge Public Library
1888 building (photo 2012)
|Architect||Van Brunt & Howe (1888), William Rawn Associates (2009)|
|Architectural style||Other, Romanesque|
|NRHP Reference #||82001931|
|Added to NRHP||April 13, 1982|
In fiscal year 2009, the city of Cambridge spent 1.38% ($4,893,254) of its budget on the library, $45 per person.
The main building of the Cambridge Public Library is an historic library building at 449 Broadway. It was built in 1888 with land and full construction funding donated by Frederick H. Rindge, a Cambridge native and philanthropist. Its Richardsonian Romanesque design was by Van Brunt & Howe. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
A $90 million expansion and renovation of the library, led by the Boston architectural firms William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects, opened on November 8, 2009. The new addition more than triples the square footage of the building, and is the first building in the USA to make use of European Double-Skin Curtainwall technology. Architectural drawings and construction photos are available here. During most of the construction, the library collection had been relocated to the Longfellow School.
Museum of Science Community Solar System
Prior to the renovation of the main library, the library was home to a scale model of the planet Saturn in the Boston Museum of Science's community-wide solar system model. Saturn was located just outside the portion of the building that housed the old stacks, roughly where the computer workstation sign-in table is currently located. The Saturn model was packed up and shipped back to the Museum of Science and was not positioned at the reopened renovated library. Other locations in Cambridge that still have models in the historic nine planet series are the Royal Sonesta Hotel (home of Earth) and the Cambridgeside Galleria mall (home of Mars).
History of Organization
The Cambridge Public Library developed out of the Cambridge Athenaeum, which was founded in 1849 as "a lyceum, public library, and reading room with a building on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Pleasant Street where Cambridge residents could borrow books at the cost of one dollar per year.
The City of Cambridge acquired the Cambridge Athenaeum in 1858 and renamed it the Dana Library for use as a city hall and a public library. By 1866 the Library moved to the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Temple Street. In 1874, the library became free to the public and was renamed the Cambridge Public. The main building of the Cambridge Public Library at 449 Broadway was built in 1888.
Six smaller neighborhood branch libraries are scattered throughout the City of Cambridge. These are:
- Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Avenue, West Cambridge
- Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridgeport
- Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Avenue, West Cambridge
- O'Connell Branch, 48 Sixth Street, East Cambridge
- O'Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Avenue, North Cambridge
- Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge Street, East Cambridge
List of databases
As of 2014 the library arranges for its patrons and staff access to digital content from several providers:
|Academic OneFile||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|African American Heritage||Cambridge Information Group|
|Ancestry Library||Cambridge Information Group|
|Biography In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Books and Authors||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Boston Globe||Cambridge Information Group|
|Boston Metropolitan Collection||NewsBank|
|Britannica Suite||Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.|
|Business Insights: Essentials||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Contemporary Literary Criticism Select||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Criminal Justice Collection||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Digital Media Catalog||OverDrive, Inc.|
|EBSCOhost Core Collection||EBSCO Industries|
|Educator's Reference Complete||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Expanded Academic ASAP||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Gale Virtual Reference Library||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|General BusinessFile ASAP||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|General OneFile||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|General Reference Center Gold||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Global Issues In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Health and Wellness Resource Center||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Health Reference Center Academic||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|HeritageQuest Online||Cambridge Information Group|
|Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection||Cambridge Public Library via DL Consulting|
|Historical New York Times||Cambridge Information Group|
|Horn Book Guide Online||Media Source Inc.|
|Junior Edition||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Kids InfoBits||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|LexisNexis Library Express||Reed Elsevier|
|Literature Resource Center||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Mango Languages||Creative Empire, LLC|
|Massachusetts History Online||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Morningstar Investment Research Center||Morningstar, Inc.|
|MUZZY Online||Early Advantage, LLC|
|National Geographic Magazine Archive||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Naxos Music Library||Naxos Digital Services Ltd.|
|New York Times (1985-Current)||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Opposing Viewpoints In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Oxford English Dictionary||University of Oxford|
|PowerSearch||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Science In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Statesman's Yearbook Online||Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group|
|Student Edition||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Testing & Education Reference Center||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|U.S. History In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|Value Line||Value Line, Inc.|
|Vogue Archive||Cambridge Information Group|
|World Book Online||Berkshire Hathaway Inc.|
|World History In Context||Cengage Learning, Inc.|
|WorldCat||Online Computer Library Center, Inc.|
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009; cf. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (2011). "FY 2009 Municipal Pie Report". Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- "Community Solar System Official Passport" (PDF). Boston Museum of Science. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- Grice, Noreen (September 7, 2006). "why does the world continually conspire to thwart me?". Chaerles Hayden Planetarium. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
The Saturn model was brought back to the Museum of Science when the Cambridge library closed, and is currently in storage. Since the Saturn and Neptune models are not available, we revised the Community Solar System passport to give credit for those planets.
- Cambridge Public Library. "Databases". City of Cambridge. Archived from the original on October 2014.
- Catalogue of the Cambridge Public Library, 1887.
- The Cambridge Public Library: Its history, rules and regulations, list of officers, past and present, etc. Cambridge, Mass.: J. Wilson and son, 1891
- "Cambridge." Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. 1891
- Annual report. 1893-1904
- Cambridge Public Library Bulletin v.1-v.2 (1896-1897)