Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

Contactless pickup of library holds available during modified hours at Main, O’Neill and Valente. No appointment required. Contactless pickup at Central Square will be unavailable 11/26-12/20 due to a branch improvement project. Request items from our online catalog. For assistance, call 617-349-4040 or email

Suggest a Purchase for the Collection

Is there a new title you think we may have missed?

The professional staff at the Cambridge Public Library base their purchase decisions on a number of factors. Some of those include:

  • Positive reviews in professional sources
  • Credentials of the author
  • Community interest
  • Scope of the book relative to the mission of public libraries
  • Cost
  • Availability in the network
  • Availability to purchase through our contracted vendors

We do not collect self-published titles unless they have received positive reviews in established review journals.

Titles more than twelve months old are usually appropriate to pursue through the 6.5 million titles of the Minuteman Library network, the Commonwealth Catalog, or Interlibrary Loan. However, there are exceptions; please be sure to include your reasoning.