Starting at noon on March 24th and following Governor Baker’s “Stay at home” advisory, there will be no staff at the library during the day.

If you have any items checked out, please hold onto them. They will not be overdue. The book drop will be closed for the time being. Also, if you have any questions, leave a message at 508-763-8600, message us via our Facebook page, or email We will try to answer them when we can.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library to make available to the people of the town of Rochester a center which provides information, entertainment, education, and enrichment.

We seek to provide these services to all segments of the community, and to all age groups. Our collection will reflect the wants and needs of the whole community, and we will make available, as best we can, material in many formats and reflecting many points of view. The Trustees and staff are committed to intellectual freedom, and support the Library Bill of Rights.

Book Reviews courtesy of
Tim Lebbon's latest thriller pits a group of adventurous explorers against Mother Nature as they attempt to cross through a wilderness that is guarding itself against all human intervention. [...]
The first months of the 2020s have brought us excellent books by Latino authors. One is Marcelo Hernandez Castillo's memoir, Children of the Land. Another is Afterlife, Julia Alvarez's first [...]
Most Americans learn about the pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation in elementary school. But few know that besides the men and women seeking religious freedom, more than half of the Mayflower [...]
“In illness,” writes essayist Sinéad Gleeson, “it is hard to find the right words.” Gleeson knows what she's talking about. Her short life has been full of medical difficulty—cancer, arthritis, [...]
Paolo the dachshund wants to see every part of Rome, his busy, beautiful city. The crowds, the noises and the smells of Rome call to him like they do to [...]
Ariel Lawhon's Code Name Hélène is a spellbinding work of historical fiction inspired by the real story of Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, a woman so extraordinary that your first instinct [...]