The Congregational Library is much more than just a library -- it's a museum dedicated to the religious history of…More Massachusetts. The Congregational Library was founded in the nineteenth century to collect the writings and information of the pilgrims and puritans.
Among the Library's vast collection are thousands of historical church records, sermons, pictures and Bibles, a seventeenth-century desk used by the pilgrims in England and a piece of the original Plymouth Rock.
Many visitors come to the library to search the huge collection of church-record obituaries in hopes of uncovering some information about their early American ancestors.
Visitors are welcome to conduct their research and peruse materials in the elegant and stately reading room. While visitors do not have access to the three cavernous floors of stacks, librarians on staff will happily retrieve any requested materials for them.
The Library has free WiFi and one computer terminal for searching the database as well as a traditional card catalog.
The Library is located on the second floor of the Congregational Library Building at 14 Beacon Street.