The mission of the Wayland Free Public Library is to be a free and accessible marketplace of ideas, information, and culture that fosters learning, community, and information literacy. The Library provides open and guided access to a wide variety of media and programs to inform, inspire, and empower all its patrons in their pursuit of lifelong learning, personal enrichment, and cultural understanding. In so doing, the Library seeks to promote the free exchange of ideas necessary to the effective conduct of a democracy in an ever-changing world.
–Mission statement adopted September 19, 2006 by the Board of Library Trustees
The Trustees and the entire staff of the Wayland Free Public Library invite you and your family to visit and become active users of our library in person and online. The library is a rich collection of resources. From materials like books, audiobooks, and videos to wireless Internet access, special programs, and meeting space, we offer enrichment opportunities for everyone in the family.
For over 200 years, libraries have played a major role in the educational and recreational lives of Wayland citizens, starting in 1796 when the Rev. Josiah Bridge organized the private East Sudbury Social Library. As a public library, the Wayland Free Public Library, founded in 1848, is arguably the first free public library in Massachusetts to be supported by a local tax levy. Building on that strong historic base, the Library seeks to fulfill its mission to the community by offering both the best of time-honored library services as well as modern electronic information services provided by a professional and friendly staff. As a member of the Minuteman Library Network, our library is well positioned to deliver the most up-to-date automation services possible.
We are proud of our website, which we have come to think of as our “virtual branch,” generously funded by contributions from the Friends of the Library and the library’s Millennium Endowment Fund.
We welcome requests for new materials, programs, and services. Please feel free to email me, make your request to another member of the library staff, or fill out our online request form.
We believe the public library is the best deal in town—why not check us out today?