The mission of the Plainville Public Library is to provide excellent service to meet the educational, informational, and cultural needs of Plainville's citizens through its collections and programs.
What We Do
The Plainville Public Library helps taxpayers save money in a number of different ways. In 2015, the total value of the programs and services the Library provided to the community totaled $4,204,9701.
By using the library and taking advantage of the free resources and information, the residents of Plainville help their own pocket books. They don’t have to pay to borrow print books or to download e-books or audio books to their mobile devices. They don’t have to pay to borrow a DVD or music CD. From the comfort of their own home, they can go online and access the Library’s various databases for up to the minute information. Yet for those in our community who don’t own a computer – and there are plenty of folks who don’t – the Library saves them money by providing free public computer access.
As a member of the Library Connection consortia of libraries, Plainville residents can access the catalogues and collections of the system’s 29 member libraries – a collection of over 3.5 million books, DVDs and other materials. A patron can order interlibrary loan materials which will be delivered directly to the Library, saving the patron time and travel. In 2016, Plainville received 7,300 books, periodicals, DVDs and other information resources through interlibrary loan saving patrons more than $145,7002.
1 For every $41.92 that Plainville invests in the library, it receives $237.22. That means that each dollar invested in the library translates to $12.07 in goods and services.
2 At a cost of $19.95 per item.
All library facilities are open to persons of all ages. For the comfort, safety, and protection of all patrons, the following guidelines for behavior in the library have been developed and are posted. Please talk quietly and be aware that possession and/or consumption of alcohol will result in immediate expulsion. If you are enjoying a beverage we ask that it be in a covered container. Thank you for cooperating with the library to ensure an environment conducive to study and the enjoyable use of the library for all.
The following actions are examples of conduct not permitted on library property.
- Any activity in violation of state or federal civil or criminal law or local regulation;
- Carrying firearms or dangerous weapons of any type, except by law enforcement officials;
- Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or illegally used prescription drugs;
- Defacing or otherwise damaging library property;
- Smoking, chewing, or other tobacco use;
- Soliciting, petitioning, panhandling, gambling;
- Disruptive or disorderly noise or behavior which disturbs the work or study of others;
- The use of abusive and profane language;
- Verbally or physically threatening library staff or other patrons;
- Physical assault on another person;
- Being in the library without shirt or shoes;
Certified guide animals are welcomed; please keep other animal friends at home. Library telephones may be used by the public in case of an emergency.
All bags and articles are subject to inspection by library staff. The library reserves the right to limit the size and number of items brought into the library. Please do not leave personal items unattended; library staff are not responsible for personal items left unattended.
Library and/or town staff will politely, but firmly, intervene to prevent or stop prohibited activities. Failure to comply with the library’s guidelines of acceptable behavior may result in removal from the building and/or restriction of library privileges. Enforcement of these rules may be appealed in writing to the Library Director or the Board of Trustees. Thank you. Adopted by the Plainville Public Library Board of Trustees, January 12, 2016
Safe Child Policy Statement: Unaccompanied Adults
The Children’s area within the Plainville Public Library facility is intended for the use of children, their parents or responsible caregivers, and adults using the children’s collection (such as teachers and students of children's literature). Adults unaccompanied by a child may enter the Children’s area to obtain books or other materials, but are kindly requested to move to an adult reading/reference area once their selection has been made out of concern for the safety and comfort of our young patrons and their families. Extended browsing and/or remaining in the area by unaccompanied adults is not encouraged. Library staff may request adult patrons to move to the library’s adult reading/reference area. Adopted by the Plainville Board of Trustees, February 9, 2016
In 1894, the citizens of Plainville voted to establish a free public library, to be housed in the Town Hall (the Pierce Street building currently used by the Historical Society.) A new Library building on East Main Street was opened in 1931 and housed a collection of 4,813 books. By 1941, overcrowding on the main floor led to a relocation of the Children's Room to a redesigned space in the basement, but continued growth made a 1962 addition necessary. The new space housed the Children's Room, a meeting room and two floors of book stacks for adults. Three more decades found the library again bursting at the seams, and, in July of 2001, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin work on a new addition. A dedication ceremony on September 19th, 2004 celebrated the opening of the expanded building, which features stack space for 128,000 books, three meeting rooms for use by the library and by community groups, and a colorful, spacious Children's Room. Focal to the renovation is the restored 1931 section of the building, with marble fireplaces, oak bookcases and pillars, and comfortable seating.