Revere Public Library

In 1901, Revere received a grant from the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, totaling $20,000, aimed at constructing a new library building. This moment marked the beginning of a legacy that continues to enrich the community to this day. Two years later, on November 18, 1903, the Revere Public Library proudly opened its doors to the public, a testament to the city’s commitment to knowledge and enlightenment.

The library’s architectural significance cannot be overstated, embodying the elegant fusion of Georgian Revival and American Renaissance styles. Its imposing presence within Revere’s Historical District, nestled just a block away from the revered Rumney Marsh Burying Ground and Revere History Museum, adds to its allure and historical charm.

Beyond its architectural grandeur, the Revere Public Library holds a unique place in the annals of American history as a shining example of the ideals championed by Carnegie libraries nationwide. Its design reflects a commitment to accessibility, service, and the democratization of knowledge—a beacon of learning for all who seek it.

Remarkably, the Revere Public Library remains one of the few Carnegie buildings to have retained its original footprint, untouched by expansion or renovation. A recent interior renovation has brought the main reading room back to its historical elegance while incorporating modern technology and user needs.

The library is a dynamic hub of activity and innovation, constantly evolving to meet the needs of its diverse community. In working with the city’s administration to meet strategic goals, the Library offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enrich lives and foster learning for all:

  • ESL Classes: Empowering members of the community to learn English and achieve their full potential.
  • Outreach by the Children’s Librarian: Bringing the magic of library programs directly into elementary schools, igniting young minds with the joy of reading and learning.
  • Enhanced Collection of Non-English Language Materials: Reflecting Revere’s diverse population by offering a wealth of materials in languages other than English.
  • Access to Technology and Tools: Providing cutting-edge resources like Maker Spaces, computers, and printers to empower creativity, innovation, and introduce new programming to the community’s youth.
  • Library of Things: The Revere Public Library also offers non-traditional library items. The expanding nature of the collection of items will allow for ease of use with everyday tasks, chores, and leisure activities.

The library also develops and hosts a series of community events, again, aligned with the city’s strategic plan, to provide enrichment services to the community. Current and future programming includes:

  • Author Talks and Book Signings
  • Children’s Storytime Sessions
  • Craft Workshops
  • Educational Workshops on Various Topics
  • Film Screenings for All Ages
  • Community Discussions on Current Events
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Teen Programs Including Gaming Tournaments and Creative Workshops
  • Adult Learning Programs Covering Art, History, Technology, and More
  • Seasonal Events and Festive Activities
  • Business and Entrepreneurial Learning and Networking Events in Partnership with Revere Chamber of Commerce