Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

Contactless pickup of library holds available during modified hours at Main, Central Square, O’Neill and Valente. No appointment required. Request items from our online catalog. For assistance, call 617-349-4040 or email

COVID-19 and Reopening Updates

Library Reopening Updates: Apr. 1, 2021

  • All buildings remain temporarily closed to the public.
  • Contactless holds pickup available at the Main Library, Central Square Branch, O'Neill Branch and Valente Branch.
  • Remote printing available at the Main Library.
  • Tax forms available for pickup at the Main Library.
  • Request a STEAM Kit for contactless pickup.
  • Patron assistance available by phone and email.
  • We have many upcoming virtual programs and events.
  • 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.

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?

The Main Library outside book drop is open 24/7. Library returns are also accepted at branches during advertised hours. Please note that takeout technology and oversize returns cannot be returned in the Main Library bookdrop and must be returned during pickup service.

Please allow one week for your returned items to be removed from your library account. We are 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

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.