Berkshire Athenaeum

Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield's Public Library is located at 1 Wendell Avenue 


Monday & Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am - 9 pm 
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm


Summer Hours (July & August)

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9 am - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm



The Athenaeum is closed for the following Holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King's Birthday; Washington's Birthday; Patriot's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans' Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve (last business day before Christmas); and Christmas Day. 


Phone Numbers

Main number (413) 499-9480
Circulation Department ext. 201
Childrens Library ext. 203
Young Adults Department ext. 108
Reference Department ext. 202
Local History Department ext. 204
Technical Services ext. 115
Administrative Offices ext. 205
Fax (413) 499-9489 



  • FROM THE SOUTH AND EAST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) west to exit 2 in Lee. Take US Route 20 W, which will take you north. Route 7 will merge with Route 20 after a few miles in Lenox. Follow US 20 W/ US 7 N.  Route 20 will turn off to the left (west) just prior to getting into downtown Pittsfield. Stay on Route 7 (South St), until the next major intersection, at Park Square. Take a right onto East Street. The Library is located between the first and second rights (Wendell and Bartlett Avenues).
  • FROM THE EAST: From the Northampton area, take Route 9 west. As you approach downtown Pittsfield, Rt. 9 will  become East St. Continue west on East St./ Rt. 9. Follow sign on the left that reads "Berkshire Athenaeum - Next Left", which will bring you to the Bartlett Avenue side of the Athenaeum building.
  • FROM THE NORTH: Take Route 7 south from Williamstown. As you approach downtown Pittsfield (with the Berkshire Medical Center ahead on the right), follow Route 7 as it bears left onto First Street.  At the end of First Street is East Street. Take a left onto East St, then the first right onto Bartlett to arrive at the Berkshire Athenaeum's Bartlett Avenue parking lot.
  • PARKING: There is a small lot at the rear of the Athenaeum (Bartlett Avenue), and some on-street parking on both Wendell and Bartlett Avenues (closely monitored for parking violations because of the courthouse close by). There are metered lots on First Street and on East Street, and parking garages at the Crowne Plaza hotel and the corner of West and North Streets at the opposite side of the Park Square intersection.

Click here to be directed to the Berkshire Athenaeum's main site.

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Telephone (413) 499-9480

Fax (413) 499-9489