Ashland Public Library

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Massachusetts booklets and Federal 1040 and 1040-SR booklets/forms and instructions are available for curbside pickup, or in the library during our limited browsing hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)


Effective Monday, March 1st  the Ashland Public Library will re-open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for limited browsing (30 minutes) and computer use (45 minutes). Everyone entering the library will be required to properly wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entering. Masks are available if you need one. Staff will gladly pull items to be picked up curbside for anyone who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.  Curbside pickup will also be available, weather permitting, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you plan to come into the Library, please note that the entrance (Concord Street side) will remain locked and you will be required to call the library at 508-881-0134 ext. 2 for the adult area and ext. 5 for the Children’s Room when you arrive in the parking lot. You will be:

• asked health related questions about Covid 19 symptoms and personal or household exposure within the past two weeks.

• asked for contact information for the Town of Ashland’s contact tracing needs.

• advised of time you will be allowed in the library (30 minutes for browsing/per day in the adult or children’s area, photocopying and 45 minutes for computer use/per day)

You may be asked to wait if the library has reached capacity. Please note that only one family will be allowed in the Children’s Room at a time.

While in the library:

• Masks/face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth the entire time you are in the library.

• Please use hand sanitizer that is throughout the building

• Practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart from others

• Please only touch what you need.  Any items you touch, but don't check out, should be placed in the quarantine bins located throughout the library.

• No food or drink will be permitted in the building.

• You will be able to check out your own materials with staff assisted checkout, or the Minuteman mobile app,  to minimize handling

• Staff is available to answer questions and help you find things, but no one-on-one computer help will be available.

Please continue to return your items outside in the available bookdrop.

Curbside pickup will continue, weather permitting.

Curbside pickup...

Find the items that you want in the catalog (find.minlib.net) and place a hold listing Ashland as your pickup location.  If you don’t have internet access at home, please call the library at 508-881-0134 for staff assistance to place a hold. Your reserved items will be held for one week. Inter-library loan and statewide delivery is available.

This service is available to anyone with a valid Minuteman library card.

Curbside Pickup hours:

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You will be notified when your item(s) are available for pickup.  When you arrive at the library, please call 508-881-0134 ext 2 for the adult desk or ext 5 for the Children's Room to let staff know you are here. Your items will be checked out and delivered to the table on the library patio (Main/Concord Street entrance) for you to take. If you need assistance, please let library staff know when you are contacted about pickup.

Returning Items:

Please use the library book returns located in the library parking lot and near the main entrance on Concord Street. Please note that only one bookdrop will be available for returns per day to allow for suggested quarantining. All items (including media) may be returned in the same bookdrop. If a bookdrop is locked, please do not attempt to force the slot open to return items. No items will be accepted in person by library staff. Based on CDC guidance given to the Institute for Museums and Library Services, any items that get returned will be quarantined. Overdue fines will not be charged while returned items are in quarantine.

Museum Passes:

Please check museum websites for updates regarding operating hours and visitor information.  Click here for information on library pass availability.

FAQs:

Can you suggest some books to support discussions about racism and diversity ?

Yes, these titles are part of the Ashland Public Library collection. Eighteen additional titles have recently been added to the collection. 

I want to donate books.  Can I drop them off at the library?

No, we cannot accept donations until further notice.  Please do not put donated items in the library bookdrops.

What is my PIN?

When we issue library cards, we set the PIN as the last four digits of your library card number (barcode on the back of the library card).  If that doesn't work, it means you likely personalized it through "My Account".  If you can't remember your personalized PIN, please call the library 508 881-0134 and we can reset it.  Staff will be available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

I don’t have a library card. Can I get one online?

Yes, please scroll down to “Get a Library Card” for the link to apply online.

What can I access with my temporary online card?

State-provided online research databases within Massachusetts only and our digital catalog

Get a Library Card

Ashland is a member of the Minuteman Library Network.  When in-library services resume, Massachusetts residents may obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID with proof of current address, or apply online



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Overdrive Magazines are here!

Introducing hoopla!

hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.  Click here to sign up using your Ashland Public Library card and download up to 5 items per month.

Introducing Kanopy
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service providing access to more than 30,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS, A24, and the Criterion Collection. Ashland residents with Ashland Public Library cards will be able to watch 4 films per month.
Set up your account at: 
https://ashlandmass.kanopy.com 
Then, download the Kanopy app on any of your devices to begin watching.


Minuteman Mobile App


The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and check out items using your camera's phone or use your digital library card to check out items at one of our staff assisted checkout stations.



Inter Library Loan


The library staff would be happy to help you obtain materials from other libraries that are not found in our collection.  Delivery is slower than usual because of library closures and quarantine protocols, so please be patient.






New Mobile App

 
The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and use your digital library card to check out items at the library.