Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489

Summer Hours return for July & August
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The library will be open:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

The library returns to its regular hours on Saturday, September 1.

Summer Reading Bingo for Adults:
Thursday, June 28, through Friday, August 17

The Berkshire Athenaeum Circulation Department is pleased to announce that Summer Reading Bingo for Adults has returned! The program runs from Thursday, June 28, through Friday, August 17.

How does this work?

  • Ask for a Bingo Card at the Main Circulation Desk.
  • One book or activity = one bingo square.
  • Return completed cards to the Main Circulation Desk for incentive prizes and a raffle entry.

Our Raffle prize is a one year membership to our Friends organization OR a Friend’s book bag. [MORE]

Lego Challenge: Every Thursday @3pm
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Lego Club gets an overhaul for summer reading! Put together a team or work independently to compete in our weekly challenge. For more info contact the Children's Library at 413 499-9480 x111
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Berkshire Seed Library
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We invite you to jump into spring by investigating the offerings of the new Berkshire Seed Library, a partnership of The Berkshire Athenaeum,  Alchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village. Membership is free and open to the public. Questions? Ask at the Reference Desk. Thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Pittsfield Cultural Council for their generous support.

Mobile Printing from Patron Devices
is now available!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce mobile black and white printing is now available from personal devices. Library patrons can submit a document from their personal computer or mobile device to the library’s printer from any location and visit the library to release, pay and pick up the item. [MORE]

Join us at Library Libations at Hotel on North on Monday, August 20, for a Book Club Discussion!white bookshelves, backlit, red rug, chairs
We are excited to team up with Hotel on North for Libations with Librarians - a monthly book club in the Lounge! Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will be leading a book talk on: Fledgling by Octavia Bulter Stop by the library to request a copy.
Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you. Join us at Hotel on North from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

We are Lending Board Games!
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We are pleased to be offering a collection of family friendly board games. From traditional favorites like Candyland and Monopoly to brainteasers like Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit to the simple fun to be found in Chutes and Ladders and Cootie, there’s something for all ages and interests. Patrons can select from over 20 different games shelved in the library’s Reference area.

New Book alerts sent directly to your email!

The Berkshire Athenaeum is excited to offer free, weekly Wowbrary e-mail alerts that showcase the library’s newest items. Our email alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

Youth Summer Reading Program:
Join us for the fun!

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How can you join the Youth Summer Reading Program? Visit the Children’s Library and pick up your BragTag® and Chain when you register for our “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program! Collect Brag Beads for every 15 minutes you read. Read longer and collect rarer beads. Reading includes: audio-books, reading aloud, being read to, even reading the back of your cereal box!

Receive a ticket for our end of summer Pick -a -Prize raffle for every weekly check in and event attended! Prizes will be drawn during the End of Summer Celebration on 8/17!

Call the Children’s Library for more information or to register: 413 499 9480 x111

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The Dance Center of the Nation is now only a bus ride away!
yellow school bus parked on west side of Wendell Avenue, outside library main entrance.

The Pittsfield-Pillow Express stops here!  Free round-trip bus transportation between Pittsfield and Jacob’s Pillow: the dance center of the nation is only a bus ride away!
Saturdays | June 23-August 25, 2018

Pickups at 12:25 pm & 3:25 pm
Drop-offs at 4:40 pm & 8:05 pm

Did you can reserve FREE Saturday Matinee tickets and a seat on the bus thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum [MORE]

Museum Pass Program grows
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We are pleased to announce two additions to the Berkshire Athenaeum’s  collection of Museum Passes. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, we have added passes the Springfield Museums and The Zoo at Forest Park.

This latest addition joins the Athenaeum’s selection of over fifteen museum passes, providing free or reduced general admission to museums and cultural attractions  in the Berkshires and beyond. What a great way to plan an affordable family visit to these gems. [MORE]

Graphing Calculators now available
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The latest additions to the Athenaeum’s Technology Lending Program (TLP) are two TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, which can be borrowed for two hours of in library use.

A graphing calculator is essentially a handheld computer that can plot graphs, solve simultaneous equations, and perform other tasks with mathematical variables. Students in advanced level high school or college math classes often require intermittent access to a graphing calculator, which can cost $140-$150. [MORE]


The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce that the library now owns an Orion Star Blast Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope that is available for circulation. Whether you’re an astronomer or just have a passion for gazing at the night sky, this easy-does-it telescope is here for you to try.
The telescope is available for check out to adults (age 18 and older) with a library card in good standing. You must have a physical library card.  The loan period is seven days with no renewals.
All inquiries should be made at the Children’s Desk at the Berkshire Athenaeum or by phone at: (413) 499-9480, ext 203.

This telescope was generously purchased by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Contact Us | Updated August 2, 2018