413-623-5483 / info@bwlibrary.org / 3367 Main St / PO Box 9, Becket

Becket and Washington's Community Library

The Becket Athenaeum

"The federal census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, takes place every 10 years to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives — it's a process based on population that is known as apportionment — and as a way to distribute the billions of federal dollars that local communities receive."

The Berkshire Eagle

The Athenaeum will be an official Census fill-out site.

We will be holding an informational meeting at 6pm on February 11.


While we are much more than a typical library, we do offer a diverse, current collection of both fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, books on CDs, DVDs, and e-books

We provide a number of passes to local museums  so you can experience the rich culture this area has to offer. These Museum Passes are supported in part by grants from the towns of both Becket and Washington local cultural council (LCC), local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

We have 7 public computers, 5 iPads, free wi-fi in and outside the building and a litany of free services and programs. 

TUESDAY: 1:00-7:00pm
   WEDNESDAY: 3:00-7:00pm

 Summer Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm

THURSDAY: 1:00-7:00pm
SATURDAY: 10:00am-4:00pm

It is through your generosity that we are able to keep our programs and services 100% free.

Please consider making a donation today.

The Becket Athenaeum is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. 

​​​​It is thanks to our amazing volunteer corps that we are able to provide such breadth of programs and services.

Whether you have an hour a month or an hour a day to give, we need your help. 

Stop in, e-mail, or give us a call - (413) 623-5483 - today and help make your library all it can be!




Established in 1888, the Becket Athenaeum's mission is:

  • To inspire lifelong learning; 
  • To foster relaxation and enjoyment through our collection and programs; and 
  • To cultivate a spirit of community.