What We Do
As a public library, the Turner Free Library serves the Town of Randolph by providing free access to information in the form of books, audiobooks, movies, and other materials as well as offering public computers and an open wi-fi network so that anyone can get online. We are open to everyone, regardless of age, income level, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or citizenship status and there is no charge to become a Turner Free Library card holder. Come visit us!
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Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Turner Free Library in Randolph to serve the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all the members of the diverse Randolph community by providing access to professional staff, cutting edge technology, quality materials, programs, and services. The Library seeks to encourage reading and the use of technology for life-long learning and enrichment of life in the community.
Our Vision Statement
It is the vision of the Turner Free Library in Randolph to provide a safe, accessible, inclusive, and equitable space both within the walls of the library and digitally to Randolph's many diverse residents.
The Turner Free Library was founded through a generous donation by the Turner Family in 1874. Randolph was one of the first towns in Massachusetts to have a public library. The original structure was a dignified granite building located in the heart of Randolph in Crawford Square. A fire claimed this majestic building on December 6, 1962. The building and its contents were utterly demolished. In an astonishing and selfless act of devotion to public library service, business was resumed that very day with six books in a space on loan from the Congregational Church next door. The “new” library opened as the firefighters were continuing to subdue the blaze. For a time the library operated out of a station wagon with a sign on top which read “Turner Free Library,” and was driven around town by volunteers. The library was rebuilt on the original land donated by the Turners, and opened on September 6, 1966. Service to the public was deemed so important that they opened before the furniture was delivered.
Today, the Turner Free Library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network, a cooperative of 28 libraries that share materials and services. We offer a wide range of free events for children, teens, adults, and seniors that are open to all. At the Turner Free Library, you will find around 67,000 books, movies, audiobooks, video games, and technology you can bring home.