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We encourage people interested in knowing more about the life and writings of Thoreau, or who want to see our exhibits, to come and visit. The library is open most weekdays, Monday through Friday, 10-4. The library has limited staff: to be sure staff is on hand when you come, we encourage you to call ahead at (781) 259-4730 or e-mail the library. We look forward to greeting you!
The library is closed on: New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents Day; Patriots Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
General Public: Exhibits are open to the public during normal library hours listed above.
Library Tours and Talks
Guidelines for the Use of the Library
"Cautions are not quite needless in the Athenaeum and City Library."
Catalogs & Finding Aids
Thoreau Institute Library Reading Room
I am still a learner, not a teacher, feeding somewhat omnivorously, browsing both stalk & leaves. — Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 21 May 1856