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Levi Heywood Memorial Library

55 West Lynde Street

Gardner, MA 01440

phone: 1-978-632-5298



Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.*
*Closed Saturdays June - August

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Library History*

Levi Heywood Memorial Library's current location of 55 West Lynde Street is the successful result of the Building for the Future campaign which yielded generous public donations. These donations, along with state and federal government grants, and the donation of land by the City of Gardner, made it possible for us to move to our beautiful newly built facility in October of 2004.

Gardner's Public Library was housed on City Hall Avenue from 1978 until we moved to our new location. Maintenance problems and lack of space initiated a need for a new location by the end of the century.

The City Hall Avenue location was the first time the Library was unified under one roof since the Library opened its doors at its Pearl Street location (now the Gardner Museum) on February 4, 1886. (In the early 1900s branches were located at various locations around the City.) The Pearl Street location was Gardner's first free public library and the newly constructed building was the result of a determined effort by the Reverend Lawrence Phelps and the generosity of the children of Levi Heywood, Calvin Heywood and Helen R. Greenwood and her husband Alvin M. Greenwood.

*For a complete Library History which was written for the 125th anniversary of the Library, please visit the Local History Room. See Local History tab for the hours that the room is available.


Contact Us

Library Phone: 978-632-5298

55 West Lynde Street, Gardner Ma 01440

Staff Contacts:

  • Kathleen Leslie- Library Director

  • Tammy Caissie- Assistant Library Director

  • Melissa Walker- Coordinator of Youth Services

  • Gina Verrelli- Inter-Library Loan/Reference Librarian

  • Jay Janell- Local History Librarian

Have a question? Need assistance using library resources? Ask a librarian! Our reference and circulation staff will assist you in using the Library’s resources to your fullest advantage. You can contact them in two convenient ways:

  • By phone 978-632-5298 or
  • In person (Reference Department located on second floor of the Library)

Please note that we do not take reference questions or requests via e-mail.


Hours of Operation


  • Monday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday - 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday - 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Saturday - 9:00am - 1:00pm*
  • *The Library is closed on Saturdays June through August..

For Local History Room hours click here.

2019 Holiday Schedule:

Tuesday, January 1st - Closed for New Year's Day

Monday, January 21st - Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 18th - Closed for Presidents' Day

Monday, April 15th - Closed for Patriots' Day

Monday, May 27th- Closed for Memorial Day

Thursday, July 4th - Closed for Independence Day

Monday, September 2nd - Closed for Labor Day

Monday, October 14th - Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, November 11th - Closed for Veterans Day

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th- Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th- Closed for the Christmas Holiday


Directions/Parking Info

The Library is located on the corner of West Lynde Street and Pine Street in downtown Gardner.

The official mailing address is 55 West Lynde Street, Gardner MA 01440.

To get to the Library from the East: Take Route 2 west to exit 22 (Baldwinville, Hubbardston).   Bear right under the railroad bridge after leaving the exit ramp.   Move to the left lane, and follow Rt. 68 (Main Street) through one traffic light and one stop sign.  At the second stop sign, turn right on West Lynde Street.  You will see the Library ahead of you.  Take your first right into the parking lot.

To get to the Library from the West: Take Route 2 east to exit 22 (Baldwinville, Hubbardston) and continue ¾ of the way around the rotary exiting under the railroad bridge onto 68 north, Main Street. Then follow underlined directions above.

Parking: Parking is available in a lot at the West Lynde Street entrance. You may also continue to Pine Street, take a right and proceed to a small parking lot adjacent to the Library building.


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Non-Discrimination Policy

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Nondiscrimination Policy

The Levi Heywood Memorial Library is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.  In accordance with state and federal law, the Library does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or military status.

This policy shall apply to, but is not limited to, (1) any member of the public using or accessing Library services or programs, (2) any employee or candidate for employment, and (3) any non-employee providing goods or services to the Library.

The Director of Human Resources of the City of Gardner, MA has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Library’s nondiscrimination policy concerning employment .  In all other regards, the Library Director shall serve as the compliance officer and will provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints with respect to alleged discrimination.  Complaints against the Director may be filed with the President of the Library’s Board of Trustees.  All Library employees, volunteers, and Trustee Board members are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with this policy.

Adopted January 11, 2012
-Board of Trustees

Patron Behavior Policy

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Patron Behavior Policy

In an effort to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all Library patrons, the Board of Trustees of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library has established a Library Patron Behavior Policy. The Policy is designed to provide clear and reasonable guidelines governing patron behavior within the Library and on the Library premises.
Unacceptable behavior includes behavior within the Library or on the Library premises that interferes with the use of the Library by other patrons, creates a risk of injury to other patrons or Library personnel, interferes with the work of Library personnel, or creates a risk of damage to Library property. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Use of profane, abusive or threatening language
  2. Threatening gestures or unwanted physical contact
  3. Sleeping, staring, stalking, running, fighting, littering, soliciting, or loitering
  4. Blocking doorways, stairs or entrances
  5. Possession of weapons of any kind, except by law enforcement officers
  6. Damaging, defacing or theft of any Library property or materials
  7. Possession or use of alcohol
  8. Possession or use of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances
  9. Use of tobacco products
  10. Unreasonable noise levels including shouting, loud talking or disruptive conversations
  11. Consuming food or drinks except in designated areas at authorized Library functions
  12. Use of cellphones except in lobbies
  13. Bringing animals on Library property with the exception of registered service animals

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver.
Patrons may not enter the building without footwear or a shirt, or while wearing clothing with offensive language or graphics.
Skateboards and scooters are not allowed in the library and may not be left at service desks, in the lobbies or by Library entrances. Bicycles must be parked in the bike racks.
The Library building and grounds are private property, owned by the Levi Heywood Memorial Library Association.  Parking is limited to Library patrons. No overnight parking is allowed.
Skateboarding, rollerblading, and bicycling are not allowed on Library property. The Library lawn and garden are ornamental and may not be used for congregating or for recreational purposes including, but not limited to, Frisbee throwing, ball-playing, or picnicking.
Violation of the Policy may result in escalating responses ranging from limitation or revocation of the patron’s Library privileges to removal from the premises or criminal prosecution if the conduct constitutes a violation of local, state or federal law. Refusal to leave the library when asked to do so constitutes trespassing and will be dealt with as such, including requesting Police action.

Adopted June 11, 2014
-Board of Trustees

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Association Trustees

Karen Anderson, President

Calvin D. Brooks, Vice President

Ronald F. Cormier, Clerk

Sally Q. Hartshorn, Treasurer

Susan Goldstein

Sheila L. Heglin

Michael Horrigan

Neil Janssens

Ambrose Marean

Doris L. Pierce

Arthur E. Young

President Emeritus: Richard H. Greenwood

Honorary Trustee: Henri Sans

To contact the Trustees please send correspondence in care of

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde St
Gardner, MA 01440