Chemicals & cleaners

Dear Mr. Jewell,

I’m writing in regards to a concern I have about the Library.

I love the Waltham Library and tell everyone I know what a great place it is. I love the librarians, the atmosphere is so positive and the service is great.

But the chemical cleaners that your staff use are not great. As the numbers of chemically sensitive individuals continues to arise we are learning more about the danger of these chemicals, for the public and for the staff who use them.

Will you kindly consider switching over to some of the newer, safer, citrus based cleaning products?

I would be willing to do some research for you about this and if it’s a city issue, I would also speak with the mayor.

Let’s make the Watch City into the city that watches out for it’s citizen’s health!

Thanks and keep up the great work you do at the fabulous Waltham Public Library!


We have switched over to newer safer chemicals wherever possible (we had a patron with a serious sensitivity to some products we were using some years ago which prompted the review). I’ll forward this message to my Head of Maintenance to see exactly where we stand today. Any suggestions for alternative products will be most welcome. In the past we have had a hard time finding effective replacements for certain cleaners needed to remove heavy stains and dirt.

Thank you for writing and for your kind comments about the library.

Tom Jewell
Library Director

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