Ashland Public Library


Please take our Strategic Planning Community Survey

Your responses will inform the direction of the library for the next five years so we really want to hear from you. The survey has sections for adults, teens, and kids. It also gives you the option to take it in several languages. It's so important to us that we reach every member of the community. Thank you so much for your support and assistance. 

Meena Jain
Ashland Public Library

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The Friends of the Ashland Library Children's Illustrator's Auction

The Friends of the Ashland Library are thrilled to be hosting an online Children’s Illustrators Art Auction! The theme of the auction is Freedom: Be who you are, Love who you love, Read what you want. The auction will be on Ebay from Wednesday December 1st at 8pm [ET] to Wednesday December 8th @ 8pm [ET].

Nearly 50 illustrators have donated their art and books for the benefit of the library. We hope that you will find something that intrigues and excites you! 

All proceeds from the auction will help the Friends of the Ashland Library in their support of the library's services and programs.


Mask Guidelines

As per Ashland Town Guidance when visiting the APL:

  • Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, all visitors to the library (or any town building) are required to wear a face-covering.

We will update the guidelines as directed by the Public Health Department. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this difficult time. 

Our new hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm

*Please note, that we will be answering phones during our open hours

Food is not allowed, covered drinks will be

Two hours of computer and study room use is allowed per day. First come first served. 

Curbside Pick Up Details:

  • Request materials using the online catalog
  • You will be notified via email when your item(s) are ready
  • Your email notification will include a link to a Google form for you to choose a day for pick up
  • Come by the library any time during the library's open hours on your pick up day
  • Pick up your bagged item(s) from the lobby of the Concord St. entrance - they will already be checked out to you

Please call 508-881-0134 or email with any questions. 

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Returning Items:

All book drops are open and you can return items in the building!  All items (including media) may be returned in the same book drops, although we do have an outdoor one labelled just for media if you're being super cautious (which we appreciate!). If a book drop is locked, please do not attempt to force the slot open to return items. We will no longer be quarantining returned materials. 

Museum Passes:

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


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?

We are accepting donations on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11-2pm. You can bring 2 bags or 2 small boxes to the Friends donation room at that time. 

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

Click here to reserve a museum pass

Search the Minuteman Catalog

Overdrive Magazines are here!


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.


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: 
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.

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.