- Monday 1–7 pm
- Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
- Saturday 10 am–3 pm
(Please check in periodically as we update with new developments in Phase 2 of our library’s growth!)
Our 100-plus-year-old Pratt Memorial Library Building has met its second century with a new burst of energy that is seeing improvements to both library services and to our library home. During Phase 1 of our renovation, this much-loved building’s infrastructure was vastly improved. Giving the Pratt Memorial Library Building a longer life for future generations, a new roof and renovated foundation were completed. This was accomplished due to library and volunteer fundraising, generous gifts from individuals and foundations, and funding from the Town of Shelburne.
The Arms Library itself has been in existence since 1854, and its building, the Pratt Memorial Library Building, a gift to the townspeople of Shelburne, was built in 1914. Read more about the history of the Arms.
As the Arms Library Association and the Town of Shelburne continue to preserve and improve this iconic cultural center for future generations, the Arms Library Association was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund matching grant of $266,000, and $100,000 in Historic Tax Credits from the Commonwealth.
The Arms Library Association is embarking on a second round of fundraising to meet the MCFF challenge grant, which will care for the inside of our library. We are currently working with local architects to develop plans to make the inside of the Arms Library more comfortable, energy efficient, and more suited to the changing needs of our community.