MacKay Branch

Open for visits!

Drop by the MacKay Branch Library to browse our collection of books, magazines, video games, DVDs, books on CD, and more. We have materials for all ages and feature newer titles. We offer printing, copying, faxing, two Windows 10 laptops that can be checked out for in-library use, curbside pickup, and free Wi-Fi.

  • Printing and Copying: .15 cents per page for black and white; .25 cents for color. See our main branch for larger copying jobs.
  • Sending a Fax: free
  • Curbside pickup remains available during open hours. Ring the bell on arrival, or call 978-256-5521, option #6.


New in 2024


Summer 2023 – Annual MacKay Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – MacKay reopened its doors after a long hiatus during which HVAC issues were addressed and the space updated and reconfigured for improved service.


On Monday, September 12, 2022 the Select Board entered into a contract with Thomas E. Snowden to complete the update on the HVAC project for the MacKay Branch Library.


Eagle Scout James Barrett has revitalized the raised garden at the MacKay Branch, replacing the original single large garden with four new raised beds. This work took place during the spring and summer of 2020, with guidance and advice from Kathy Downey and Mary Beth Hayes. Thanks to James for the hard work, and the crew of volunteers who helped. Thanks also to everyone who contributed to fund the project, especially the Chelmsford Friends of the Library for their generous $500 donation!


The MacKay Branch is the former home of Anna C. MacKay, a librarian in Chelmsford from 1906-1924. Anna’s brother, Stewart MacKay gave the home to the Town of Chelmsford, in Anna’s honor, in 1947 to be used as a library serving the residents of North Chelmsford.

Read more about the history of Anna C. MacKay and the MacKay Branch [pdf].