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. 

The Becket Athenaeum was established in 1888 "to maintain a library, reading room, and to promote good education...good citizenship, and the general welfare."

The library has evolved since then, but still endeavors to fulfill that basic mission outlined more than a hundred years ago by preserving the past, enriching the present, and meeting the needs of the Becket and Washington communities as we move into the future.

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Becket and Washington's Community Library

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!

The Becket Athenaeum




TUESDAY: 1:00-7:00pm
WEDNESDAY: 3:00-7:00pm 
​(summer: 10:00am-2:00pm)
THURSDAY: 1:00-7:00pm
SATURDAY: 10:00am-4:00pm

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

We provide a number of passes to local museumsso you can experience the rich culture this area has to offer.

We have 8 public computers, 2 iPads, free wi-fi in and outside the building and a litany of free services and programs.