Ashland Public Library

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Limited re-opening beginning August 4th!




While in the library:
You will be allowed 30 minutes for browsing or 45 minutes for computer use per day.  Printing fees/per page are .15 cents for black and white and .25 cents for color, payable by cash or check.
Masks/face coverings must be worn.
Please use hand sanitizer - dispensers are throughout the building.
Practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart from others.
Please do not consume any food or drink.

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

Curbside pickup is still available.

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 have resumed but there is a considerable backlog of items in delivery so please be patient!

There will be a limit of 20 items per library card per day that can be picked up. This service is available to anyone with a valid Minuteman library card.

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 to let staff know you are here. Your items will be 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. 

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. 

When will the library be open to the public? Updated on July 28, 2020

The library will reopen to the public for limited browsing (30 minutes per day) and computer use (45 minutes per day) on Tuesday, August 4th.  The hours will be the same as curbside pickup hours.  Please call the library at 508-881-0134 when you arrive.

Will curbside pickup continue once the library re-opens?

Yes, curbside pickup will continue until further notice.

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.  Massachusetts residents may obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID with proof of current address, or apply online. Children between the ages of 5 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian presenting proper identification. Lost library cards may be replaced for $1 with proper identification.



Click here to reserve a museum pass


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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.

Photocopiers

Color photocopying is available on the main level and black and white photocopying is available in the exhibit area on the lower level.


Computers


Several computers are available for public use.   There will be a 45 minute limit on computer use until further notice.  Printing in color, black and white and scanning are available.



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 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.