Roslindale Branch Library

4246 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

617-323-2343

HISTORY

Library service has been provided to Roslindale since 1898. At that time, a book delivery station was located in a drugstore at the corner of Washington and Ashland Streets. It was open to take request for books and to deliver books requested from the Central Library. In 1900 the library was moved to the Old Taft's Tavern building. In 1918, having outgrown its quarters, the library moved to the Municipal Building at the Corner of Washington Street and Cummins Highway. When the municipal facility became outmoded plans were made to move the library again. At the corner of Washington and Poplar Streets was a fire house which was torn down for the new library site. In 1961, a semi-circular building with huge glass windows, topped with a low blue dome, was designed by Isidor Richmond and Carny Goldberg. Built on the fire house's thick foundation, the architects had to surmount the problems of a pentagonal-shaped lot and an underground brook.

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