Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
NOTICE: Contactless holds pickup is suspended effective Jan. 2, 2021. The Library's virtual programs and services and digital collections continue to be available. For assistance, call 617‑349‑4040 or email library@cambridgema.gov.

COVID-19 and Reopening Updates

Library Reopening Updates: Jan. 12, 2021

  • All buildings remain temporarily closed to the public.
  • Contactless holds pickup at all library locations is suspended until at least Feb. 1.
  • We encourage you to keep your borrowed items until holds pickup resumes. Due dates will be extended to Feb. 16, and no fines will be charged. If you must return your items, the Main Library outside book drop is open. Library returns will not be accepted at branches during this time. Takeout technology and oversize returns cannot be accepted during this time.
  • Patron assistance available by phone and email.
  • Virtual programs and services are continuing as scheduled.
  • The Library is going fine free under a new pilot program.
  • We miss you and look forward to seeing you again at the Library soon.

 

Online Resources

While our buildings may be temporarily closed, our online resources are always available. Visit our one-stop guide for online services and programs available from the comfort of your home. https://cambridgepl.libguides.com/virtual
 

Frequently Asked Questions

When will library buildings be open to the public?

City and Library leadership are actively working on reopening plans that prioritize patron and staff health and safety and are informed by State requirements and public health data and guidance. We do not have exact dates at this time. Please continue to check this page for updates.

When are my borrowed items due?

Check your online library account or call us at 617-349-4040 to confirm the exact due date for each of your borrowed items.  

How can I return my borrowed items?

While contactless holds pickup is suspended, we encourage you to keep your borrowed items.

If you must return items, the Main Library outside book drop is open 24/7. Library returns will not be accepted at branches during this time. Takeout technology and oversize returns also cannot be accepted during this time. You are welcome to return branch checkouts to the Main Library or any other Minuteman Library Network library that is accepting returns.

Please allow one week for your returned items to be removed from your library account. We are receiving a high volume of returns, and we are also implementing a quarantine period for all returned materials for the safety of patrons and staff. Please be assured that no fines will accrue due to our extended processing times.

How can I get a library card while your buildings are closed?

Register online for a temporary Minuteman Library Network card. The temporary card will give you immediate access to select resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, and video via OverDrive (Libby). After we reopen, please visit any Library location with a picture ID and proof of address.

Massachusetts residents may also be eligible to register for a Boston Public Library eCard, which will allow you to use all BPL online resources including Lynda, Hoopla, and Kanopy.

My library card is expired. Can I renew it while you are closed?

Library cards that recently expired or are nearing expiration have been extended until June 15, 2021. If you are still having trouble using your library card, please contact us at library@cambridgema.gov.

What is my password or PIN? How can I reset it while you are closed?

Your password and PIN are the same thing. You can reset your password online.

What library resources are available from home?

We offer e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, magazines, and online learning resources via our eLibrary to Cambridge residents with a Cambridge Public Library card.

Massachusetts residents may also be eligible to register for a Boston Public Library eCard, which will allow them to use all BPL online resources, including OverDrive and Hoopla.