Berkshire Athenaeum

Berkshire Athenaeum

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Monday-Thursday, 10am-7pm;
Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

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; Juneteenth, 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 


  • Directions

    From the South & 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.


    There are two small lots located on Bartlett Avenue and Wendell Avenue, with some on-street parking (closely monitored for parking violations due to the nearby courthouse). Visit Downtown Pittsfield for additional parking options.