New Bedford Free Public Library

Holds the third largest collection of American whaling materials worldwide

613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

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Established in 1852, the New Bedford Free Public Library is among the earliest free municipal libraries in the United States. The core of the library's original holdings contained books, periodicals and other materials purchased from the New Bedford Social Library (founded in 1807), which had assimilated the collections of the Encyclopedia Society, New Bedford Library Society, New Bedford Athenaeum and Lyceum. The art collection is on public view at the Main Library and also showcased in City Gallery exhibits at the New Bedford Art Museum. For more information about the Special Collections Department, see //www.newbedford-ma.gov/library/special-collections/

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