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

Director's Update, November 8, 2020


Main Building Ground Floor
It is a time of uncertainty and change in our country, and I want to acknowledge that so many of us feel the weight of the global pandemic that has taken over our lives for more than nine months. I hope that you take time to take care of yourself, including reading, should that relax or inspire you! We at the Cambridge Public Library are thinking of you during this momentous time.

Veterans Day
Remember that all Cambridge Public Library locations will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. We honor those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Contactless Pickup: Getting Ready for Winter
This month we will be occasionally testing modified contactless pickup procedures to prepare for winter weather. On our test days, your pickup may take place in the library vestibule or lobby rather than outside the front doors. We appreciate your understanding as we refine our procedures. Please remember to bundle up!
Contactless pickup at the Main Library is also now a fully walk-up service, with no specific appointment times. You may arrive anytime during our service hours if you have holds ready for pickup. Please be prepared to show your library card or photo identification and wait while your items are being checked out.
Community Yoga Series on Sundays this November
Join us Sunday, November 15, at 10 a.m. for virtual community yoga in partnership with Cultural Fabric. Yoga can help us discover greater ease, balance, and resilience within. Come experience it for yourself! Registration is required.
Stop the Violence: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the U.S.
November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a time to raise awareness of the rich contributions, traditions and current issues facing Native Americans. Join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women on Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. for a presentation on missing and murdered Indigenous women across the U.S. We will look at the reasons that violence continues to be perpetuated and examine the resources available to deal with it. Registration is required. Presented as part of the CPL's National American Indian Heritage Month programming. 
More Story Times, More Fun!
We invite children and their grownups to join us from home for 20-25 minutes of engaging stories. Plan to join in, sing along, and move around! Caregivers are asked to participate in the program with their children.
STEAM Story Times include hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; please gather your activity materials before the event.
We are excited to offer additional Story Time programs this week:
Registration is required for each event.
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During this time of change, as ourstrategic prioritiesmandate, the Library will be sure to keep democracy alive and our community supported!
Best wishes,
Dr. Maria McCauley
Director of Libraries