1/10/22 Update:

The Children's Library, Garden, and Commons space are OPEN! Families and patrons of all ages are encouraged to stop by the Main Library and explore these spaces.

A limited selection of Children's and Teen books are available for browsing and check out. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, seating is not currently available in the Children's Library and the Activity Room is closed temporarily. All programs are currently virtual.

The temporary hours of the Main Library - also due to COVID-19 precautions - are as follows:

  • Monday - 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday through Friday - 9am-6pm
  • Saturday - 9am-5pm
  • Sunday - Closed

The Children’s Library will close 15 minutes early each day to aid staff in expanded closing duties. 

1/4/22 Update:

The Concord Free Public Library is taking temporary precautions due to the recent surge in cases of COVID-19 in the community, which affects the availability of certain aspects of the new Children's Library and services for young patrons. The new Children’s Library, Garden, and Commons space - all constructed as part of the expansion project at the Main Library - will open as planned on Wednesday, January 5. A limited selection of Children’s and Teen books will be available for browsing and to check out. However, seating will not be available in the Children’s Library and the Activity Room will be closed temporarily.

Eating is not permitted in the Library at this time, including the new Commons space.

Additionally, the Main Library is reducing its hours temporarily. The new Main Library hours will be:

  • Monday - 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday through Friday - 9am-6pm
  • Saturday - 9am-5pm
  • Sunday - Closed

The Children’s Library will close 15 minutes early each day to aid staff in expanded closing duties. 

All programs, including Children's programs, will be virtual until further notice. See the library event calendar for up-to-date information. The Concord Free Public Library staff kindly remind patrons that there is an indoor mask mandate in effect from the Town of Concord. Staff thank patrons and the extended community for their patience and understanding during this time.

12/16/21 Update:

The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is looking forward to opening the new Children’s Library and other spaces included in the expansion project. Regrettably, due to supply chain issues, the CFPL has delayed the soft opening of the new Children’s Library to January 5th, 2022. Other expanded and renovated spaces are projected to open later on in 2022.

Library staff are working hard to assure that the new Children’s Library safely serves patrons of all ages. The Main Library is still an active construction site as work continues in the Special Collections, Teen Lounge, Forum, Workshop, Large Print collection, and study room spaces. Patrons visiting the new Children’s Library can expect the following beginning January 5:

  • Sections of the new Children’s Library will be open with reduced hours.
  • The Children’s Library will have a limited portion of the collection available to browse in-person on temporary shelving.
  • Children’s staff will offer in-person indoor storytimes inside the Activity Room.
  • The Workshop and other parts of 151 Main Street will not yet be fully operational, but Children’s staff look forward to occasionally opening the Workshop for drop-in programs.
  • All patron hold items will continue to be available for pickup at the Main Library Circulation desk.

Before the soft opening, from December 20-23, the Children’s Library staff will continue to offer morning storytimes, crafts, puppet shows, and more at the Hunt Recreation Center (located at 90 Stow Street in Main Concord). From December 27-30 while Hunt Recreation is closed, Children’s staff will provide free Take and Make Kits near the Circulation Desk. In addition, the Children’s Room and Teen Collection at the Fowler Branch Library remain fully open and available for patrons to browse the collection and participate in Children’s programs, including storytimes and crafts.

All CFPL staff look forward to sharing the expansion and renovation with the community soon.