Facts About WFL

Guiding Principle

By taking a proactive, affirmative approach to innovation, the WFL will strive to remain a community gathering place as well as a leader among public libraries.

A Year in the Life of Wellesley Free Library

This is what happened at the Wellesley Free Library from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021*:

There are 20,387 Wellesley residents with library cards. The Library is open 7 days a week. There are 168,805 books in the Library’s collection, 17,120 DVDs, 9,778 music CDs and audio books, 122,673 eBooks and downloadable audio books. The Library subscribes to 131 magazines and 34 locally owned databases.

  • 77,870 people of all ages walked through the doors. Each had an individual reason for visiting the Library;
  • 511,552 items were checked out or renewed;
  • 354,914 of items circulated were books;
  • 51,996 questions were answered by the Information Services Staff — by phone, email and through the website;
  • 4,025 children, teens and adults attended 312 live, and virtual programs including storytime, craft and computer classes;
  • There were 15,565 views of 381 recorded program presentations within 7 days of launching;
  • 48 volunteers donated 3072 hours to teach in our ESL program and provide other important support activities;
  • 73 full and part-time employees worked to serve you.

* Covid-19 Pandemic played a role in the statistics. All Wellesley Libraries buildings closed on March 15, 2020, FY20. The Main Library opened on August 3, 2020, closed for renovation in April of 2021, opened a temporary location in May of 2021 and branches opened April of 2021.