Summer hours (July & August): Main Library closed Sundays. Branch Libraries closed Saturdays.

Facts About WFL

Some Facts about the library

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.

The Main Library has 56,000 square feet on the first and second floors; plus there is 28,000 square feet in the basement, which includes parking and storage. There are 17,158 Wellesley residents with library cards.  The Library is open 7 days a week.  There are 204,140 books in the Library’s collection, 18,608 DVDs, 18,563 music CDs and audio books, 85,824 eBooks and 16,414 downloadable audio books.  The Library  subscribes to 209 magazines and 92 databases.

A Year in the Life of Wellesley Free Library

This is what happened at the Wellesley Free Library from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017:

  • 359,246 people of all ages walked through the doors. each had an individual reason for visiting the Library;
  • 760,434 items were checked out or renewed;
  •  498,57 of items circulated were books;
  • 106,089 questions were answered by the Reference Staff – by phone, email and through the website;
  • 28,102 children attended 761 children’s programs;
  • 645 children attended 68 programs;
  • 7705 adults attended 674 general interest programs and computer classes;
  • 244 volunteers donated 10,847 hours to shelve books, teach in our ESL program, and do other important support activities;
  • 62 full and part-time employees worked to serve you,