“a creepy haunted library”
The Library is housed in a former monastery built in 1900 by Trappist Monks of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, who left after a fire destroyed many of the buildings in 1950.
The Cumberland Public library is located in the Monastery complex along with the senior center and literacy center. There is GENEROUS parking on the grounds, several restrooms with RAMPS and an ELEVATOR for those who need assistance. The library itself is a relatively new edition. The old Hayden Memorial Library houses the library book store, storage, public rooms and offices. This newer library is spacious. Downstairs offers magazines, newspapers, new fiction, DVDs and several display cases along with the circulation desk and the children's room. The children's room is self contained and features a stage, a lot of space, plenty of toys and computers for younger children.
The elevator or stairs go up to the main collection, nonfiction, older fiction, Young Adult and reference materials. There has been a puzzle table in the past along with self serve Keurig coffee maker for $1 a pod. COMPUTER access and FREE WIFI are available however you will need a valid Ocean State Library Card OR ask for a guest pass at the reference desk.
The LIBRARY HOURS as of March 2020 are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(NOTE: From July 1 - Labor Day in September, Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00 pm)
Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 pm (October - May)
The BOOKSTORE hours are: Thursday - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Books are prices as: Hardcover Books: $1.00 Large Paperback Books: $1.00
Kids Board Books: $0.50 Paperback Books: $0.50
Audiobooks: $1.00 Music CDs: $0.25
DVDs: 3 for a $1.00
This is a GREAT PLACE FOR ROAD TRIPPERS to stop and rest, refresh, and walk the many trail of this complex. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING!
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Cumberland Public Library
- Mon - Thu: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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