Berkshire Athenaeum | Pittsfield’s Public Library

Address and Phone Numbers

One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Main Phone: (413) 499-9480
Fax: (413) 499-9489

Departments and Offices

Circulation Department: ext. 201
Children’s Library: ext. 203
Reference Department: ext. 202
Local History Department: ext. 204
Technical Services: ext. 115
Administrative Offices: ext. 102

For all contacts, visit Staff.

Athenaeum Exterior

Hours and Holiday Closures

Monday: 9am-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday: 9am-9pm
Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Holiday Closures
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Presidents’ Day
Patriot's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans' Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day



From the South & East
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) west to exit 2 in Lee. Take US Route 20 W, which will take you north. Route 7 will merge with Route 20 after a few miles in Lenox. Follow US 20 W/ US 7 N. Route 20 will turn off to the left (west) just prior to getting into downtown Pittsfield. Stay on Route 7 (South St), until the next major intersection, at Park Square. Take a right onto East Street. The Library is located between the first and second rights (Wendell and Bartlett Avenues).

From the East
From the Northampton area, take Route 9 west. As you approach downtown Pittsfield, Rt. 9 will become East St. Continue west on East St./ Rt. 9. Follow sign on the left that reads "Berkshire Athenaeum - Next Left", which will bring you to the Bartlett Avenue side of the Athenaeum building.

From the North
Take Route 7 south from Williamstown. As you approach downtown Pittsfield (with the Berkshire Medical Center ahead on the right), follow Route 7 as it bears left onto First Street. At the end of First Street is East Street. Take a left onto East St, then the first right onto Bartlett to arrive at the Berkshire Athenaeum's Bartlett Avenue parking lot.


There are two small lots located on Bartlett Avenue and Wendell Avenue, with some on-street parking (closely monitored for parking violations due to the nearby courthouse). Visit Downtown Pittsfield for additional parking options.