Did you see the article in the Tab from September 11, 2019 about our 10th anniversary?  You can read it here!
Contact Info:

1608 Beacon St.
Waban, MA  02468


Our Hours:
Monday 1-5
Tuesday 1-6
Wednesday 10-2
Thursday 1-5
Friday 10-1
Saturday 10-1
And join us for Story Time Wednesdays and Fridays at 11!
What’s new at the library?
Even though we are housed in an historic old building, we at the WLC are always trying to keep up to date. To that end, we are finally replacing our old blue paper library cards with a new plastic version that even comes with a matching tag for your key chain. These new cards and tags feature a lovely depiction of our historic old building. Please stop in soon and trade in your bedraggled old library card for a shiny new one.  
Did you know we’re now on Instagram?! Follow us! @wabanlibrarycenter

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The New York Public Library reposted our #bookfacefriday post! 

Come help us complete this jigsaw puzzle one piece at at time!


Watch a four minute excerpt of Alice Jacobs discussing the function of libraries, reopening the WLC, storytime and family game day, the importance of community, volunteer options, and our fabulous patio!


Volunteers: We are entirely staffed by volunteers. Please ask how to join us! We ask for a 2 hour/week time commitment and we will train you during your first shift – no experience necessary. 

Donations: We are solely supported by donations and are not part of the Minuteman Library Network. We encourage monetary donations so we can continue to provide a home for reading, learning, and community engagement. However, due to the limited space in the library, we are unable to accept book donations. If you have books to donate, please see this link:  NFL book donation In addition, our lease with the City of Newton does not permit us to rent or use our premises for any private function.

Patio Brick Sale:
For a limited time only, we are offering a sale on our inscribed bricks. If you buy one 4×8 brick for $100 you get a second brick for only $50. Get together with friends and share the cost! (Two bricks must be purchased at the same time.) The larger 8×8 brick costs $250. All proceeds go to buy books for the Waban Library Center. And check out our outside patio with tables and benches for all to enjoy! All details are on our Giving Page: www.wabanlibrarycenter.org/giving

Library Cards: Cards are easily obtained with photo identification. Newton residence is not required. Ten books for three weeks; ten cents per day overdue. All overdue fees are used to support the library.  If you want to renew a book, please bring the book into the library or give us a call and we will be happy to help you on the phone!

Story time:  We offer Story Time for young children, with their accompanying adult, on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11 am. We have a large selection of children’s books ranging from board books for toddlers to picture books and illustrated non-fiction for elementary school children. Each week our experienced readers select three age appropriate books from our collection of new titles and favorite classics.  We also try to include fun songs and maybe even puppets! 


Great article in the New York Times November 1st about the popularity of story time!

Read the entire article here: Long Lines for Story Time

Kids Book Club: The Kids Book Club meets once a month from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm here at the library. This program is a new monthly book club for elementary school kids. An adult should accompany each child, BOTH of whom have read the book and are ready to participate. The book will be aimed at about third grade reading level. Please contact Alison Corkery, Kids Book Club leader at alison.corkery@gmail.com for more information.

Family Game Day: One Saturday morning 10:30-12:00 every month in the winter. Check the Events tab for this fun, family event.

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Waban Book Club: The Waban Book Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am at the library. Want to see what we are reading?  Check out events!  

Special Events: Author talks, workshops, recitals, concerts – please check our calendar for date and details.

Playaway Audiobooks: We are so excited to share our latest collection – we now have 23 Playaway audiobooks. These are all-in-one books you listen to – it’s the size of a deck of cards and all you need are headphones to start your book. Great for kids, road trips, seniors and everyone!


Lost and Found: Have you looked in the Waban Library lost and found lately? We have quite a few items and if you think one of them might be yours, please ask a librarian on your next visit.

Compact Discs: Did you know that the WLC has a music collection of compact discs that span the centuries from Bach to Dizzy Gillespie? As a patron of the WLC you can listen to a wide variety of every form of classical music to contemporary and traditional jazz. The collection is particularly rich in piano works by all the greats. The pianists include: Horowitz, Rubinstein, Ohlsson, Ushida, and other virtuosi. Every month we feature works of one composer! Next time you are at the library please look for the Music Collection. You can also take a listen on our stereo with ear buds. Just like our books, you can borrow ten cds at a time for three weeks.

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