Reopening Updates

The Main Library, Boudreau Branch, Central Square Branch, Collins Branch, O’Neill Branch, and Valente Branch are open for in-building services. O'Connell Branch opens on June 28. In the coming weeks, open hours and services will increase across the system. No appointments are required.

 

Reopening Timeline

Please see our media advisory for detailed hours for coming weeks. 

Week of June 14

  • Boudreau Branch, Central Square Branch, Collins Branch, O’Neill Branch, and Valente Branch reopen to patrons during the hours that they currently offer contactless pickup.
  • Main Library Children’s Room open for browsing during select hours: June 15, 1-5 p.m.; June 16, 1-5 p.m.; and June 17, 12-4 p.m.
  • All libraries will be closed June 18 and June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

Week of June 21

  • Significantly increased hours and in-building services at the Main Library, Boudreau Branch, Central Square Branch, Collins Branch, O’Neill Branch, and Valente Branch.
  • Main Library: All floors reopen to patrons, including the Teen Room, Tech Bar, and study rooms.
  • Boudreau Branch, Collins Branch, O’Neill Branch, and Valente Branch: All public areas open.
  • Central Square Branch: Ground Floor and Children’s Floor open. The Tech Center and Lewis Room are closed for renovations.

Week of June 28

  • O’Connell Branch opens to the public.

July

  • Main Library: The Hive makerspace opens to the public.

 

Safety Guidelines

If you are not fully vaccinated, please continue to mask up to protect yourself and others. If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional. If your mask makes you feel more comfortable, wear it!

Free masks are available at service desks, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the book drops open?

Yes, book drops are open 24/7 across the system. Please note that takeout technology and oversize items must be returned inside the library during open hours.

I have a temporary library card. Can I convert it to a permanent card?

Yes. Please bring a photo ID with your Massachusetts address, or a photo ID with one document such as a utility bill with both your name and current Massachusetts address, to any location open for browsing or contactless pickup.

When will the Children’s Room open for browsing?

The Main Library Children’s Room will open for browsing for select hours the week of June 14. Significantly increased hours will be offered starting the week of June 21.

Can I use a computer or print at the library?

Laptops will be available for checkout for onsite or at home use at all open locations. At the Main Library, the Tech Bar will open for desktop computing on June 21. At Central Square Branch, O’Connell Branch and O’Neill Branch, we are upgrading the furniture for the desktop computers, and they will be unavailable until the new furniture arrives. Printing is available at all open locations via our remote printing service.

Are you offering in person programs and events?

We have planned a robust slate of virtual programs for this summer, and we hope to add some outdoor programs and limited indoor programs as the summer continues. Please continue to check our event calendar for updates.

Can I request an interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is now available. 

Are your newspapers and magazines available?

Not yet. We paused our subscriptions during the pandemic and are working on restarting them.

Are museum passes available?

Not yet. We paused our subscriptions during the pandemic and are working on restarting them.