Sanford Blackinton Mansion, North Adams Public Library

Sanford Blackinton Mansion, North Adams Public Library

Sanford Blackinton Mansion, North Adams Public Library
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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A full service, CWMARS library with expanded loaning and great web resources .... your gateway to learning.
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travelinbluesgal
Cambridge, MA257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Such a lovely library! I stopped in to visit and read some magazines. They had a great collection. There are a couple of rooms that are gorgeously decorated. It was a lively place with many people coming in and out and even a knitting group met there. It looks like they have some great community programs there.
Written August 29, 2023
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IcelandOrBust
Massachusetts27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
If you love old architecture, you'll love the North Adams Public Library's gorgeous details. The history of the building is fascinating too...and if you get just the right librarian, you might hear a tale or two about the lady of the manor, who reportedly visits the restrooms and has been known to move furniture around. Shhh. You didn't hear it from me. Yes, they've added modern bits here and there. Yes, the selection of books is not that of the NYC Public Library (but that's small town life, right?). Still, it's a lovely, quiet place with some very cool atmosphere if you've got work or reading to do. And the staff is generally very attentive and helpful in making interlibrary loans happen fast. I particularly was impressed with the library's archives and various antique North Adams maps. Quite a historic building.
Written September 19, 2014
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This former family mansion, now a public library, offers a decor seen in grand old hotels but offers the necessary modern technology for readers and researchers. Built with exquisite details in 1865-67 for Sanford Blackinton, who made his fortune providing woolen cloth for Civil War Union soldiers, the red-brick
building was purchased to renovate as a library in 1896. As an architecture buff, I had this on my "to see" list in North Adams because of its Second Empire style, but I was unprepared for the nostalgia I felt when going through the library.-

My father, long gone, instilled in me a great love of reading. This is the library, where he was encouraged to read and where he spent much time during his youth in North Adams. As I stood in the main reading room, I could picture him sitting in one of the lovely easy chairs beneath the beautiful chandelier, caught up in an adventure story. This space shows off wallpapered walls, massive windows, a fireplace with a huge framed mirror above the mantel and bookcases that would fit well in a private home.

Kudos to the architect who maintained the integrity of the building's interior while converting the first private home for library use in the United States. Rich woodworking remains and a handsome staircase. Antiques and paintings, original to the house, also add to the ambiance.

A restoration/addition project gave much more space to the library in 2005. The addition has a modern look and I found it briefly jarring, in an architectural sense, when moving from the old to the new.

Staff here are friendly, helpful and willing to answer questions about the building. After a conversation together, one man sought me out to offer a brochure on the library's history.

When I left the building, one of my first purchases was a book. My father would have approved.

I consider this library to be a must stop for any visitor interested in history, architecture or libraries. It is only a 1-minute drive from Mass MoCA and worth just a look at the exterior if the library is closed or time is limited.
Written July 20, 2016
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Karen J
Troy, NY48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
This place is beautiful. The woodwork & design of the building is really somehing. It looks like the perfect haunted house from outside! I love it!
Written July 30, 2013
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RalphH42
Williamstown, MA207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Possibly the most beautiful building in all of North Adams, and one of the best in the Berkshires. I hope it forever remains a public library to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Bravo to the city for maintaining it. The building is priceless.
Written May 21, 2015
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coyotebanjo
Lubbock, Texas171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Out-of-town author, visiting friends in NoA, needed a place to work quietly with a decent wifi signal. A great resource and friendly welcoming facility. Staff, volunteers, and board are all to be commended.
Written April 1, 2018
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C L
North Adams, MA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
I've been going to this library for years with my daughters, and there's a great selection of books, movies (VHS and DVD) and activities (when my children were younger there was a reading & coloring program.) There are often special activities such as pajama movie nights as well. The real gem here (outside of the friendly and helpful staff) is the building itself. An old mansion with a bit of a modern extension at the rear (which clashes a bit,) but well worth exploring. The enormous windows, the skylight, the main staircase and especially the 'speaking tubes' built into the walls are worth a visit if you're breezing through the town.
Written July 13, 2016
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Geo J
Williamstown, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
The North Adams Public Library is one of the best and most unique in the United States. If you have a free moment, be sure to check it out. The library's architecture is an amazing piece of art!
Written June 12, 2015
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Jim D
Kihei, HI168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
The Blackington mansion is beautiful. I am so happy it is the town library. Staff is super. It's like walking back in time.
Written June 6, 2015
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tonitraveller
Clarksburg, MA90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Always a treat to visit this library. The rooms are still easily imagined as a house. beautifully decorated for a library, and the addition is in keeping with the home.
Written February 6, 2023
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