MacKay Branch

Reopening in 2023!

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. Due to supply chain uncertainties, the hope is that the project will be completed by the start of 2023. In the meantime, we’re still offering curbside pickup for reserves or items that are available at MacKay on Mondays (1-5pm), Wednesdays (3-6pm), and Fridays (9:30am-1:30pm). Library staff are busily working on a MacKay re-opening day collection of new and popular materials and we are looking forward to adding more comfy seating and children’s play space!

The MacKay Branch was the former home of Anna C. MacKay, a librarian in Chelmsford from 1906-1924. It was given to the Town of Chelmsford in 1947 by her brother, Stewart MacKay, to be used in Anna’s honor as a library serving the residents of North Chelmsford – which the MacKay Branch has been doing enthusiastically ever since!

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


New Gardens and Benches!

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!