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Library Reopening Updates: July 8, 2020

  • All buildings remain temporarily closed to the public.
  • Due dates have been extended to July 31 for items checked out at a Cambridge Public Library location before July 7. Due dates for items checked out on or after July 7 will reflect normal loan periods.
  • No fines will be assessed during the closure.
  • Main Library outside book drop is open.
  • Contactless holds pickup by appointment now available at the Main Library.
  • Summer Reading for all ages runs June 22 to August 28.
  • 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

What will happen to my holds?

In early June, Library staff have reached out to patrons who had items that were ready for pickup when we closed in March. As of July 8, all March holds have been cleared unless patrons requested they be put aside for contactless pickup. We have extended the pickup time for new holds to 10 days to allow patrons more time to schedule contactless pickup of their items.

We are beginning to process pending hold request, and we are also beginning to receive deliveries from other libraries. Our processing times are much longer than usual due to a high volume of requests, and delivery times are also extended due a backlog from the closure.

When can I return my borrowed items?

The Main Library outside book drop is now open for returns. We do not yet have an estimated date for opening branch library book returns. We will extend loan periods for any patrons who are unable to return items due to branch library book drops being closed. More information about returns during the Library closure.

I don’t have a library card. How can I get one while you 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 have been reactivated until July 4, and library cards nearing expiration have been extended until July 4. 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.

Will you be offering your regular programs and services when you reopen?

All in-person Library events have been canceled until further notice. We are offering virtual events via Zoom for youth and adults. Visit our events calendar for more information.