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Scituate Town Library FAQ for the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic:

Is the Library open?

As of Sunday, March 15th, the Library is closed until further notice. Please know that things are changing rapidly, and we will do our best to post timely updates should this change.

Can I get a library card if I don't have one already in order to access electronic resources?

Yes, please register for a library card via this link.

Please know that as a Massachusetts resident, you can also connect to Boston Public Library's resources and receive an e-card through this link.

I have a library card but cannot connect to e-resources.

If you have a library card but cannot connect to e-resources, it could be that your card is not valid. If you have not checked out items in 2 years or more, your card may no longer be active. Please use the link above to attempt to register for a new card, and email jfinnie@scituatema.gov with specific problems. We will do our best to assist you remotely.

Please note that the network has unblocked all "blocked" cards (meaning that your card had a fine amount of over $15) in order to allow ALL patrons with active cards the ability to access e-resources.

Please also remember that your pin is OCLN unless you have changed it to something else.

Is the library offering any physical resources right now?

Yes, the library has worked with the Friends to put out a special Little Free Library for patrons. Those items were handled with gloves, but please use precautions when taking items. Also, maintain social distancing practices when picking up these materials, and be respectful of others by taking what you need. As we can, we will replenish this content.

What do I do with the books that I have in my own home?

If possible, we ask that you hang onto any resources that are currently in your home, and we will let patrons know when we are able to process returns. At this point, all due dates have been extended to May 20th.

Can you recommend resources to learn accurate and timely news about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control

The National Institutes of Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

If the Library does close, will I accrue fines?

No, all Old Colony Library Network libraries will be working together to prevent fine accruals while any of us are closed.

Can I still use museum passes?

Many have closed, please be sure to check by calling or going to the respective website to see what is open.


What digital resources do you have that my family and I can use from home?

We have many resources that we hope will improve your time at home!

https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.xt4zNJr_daWHq2Lz0rf-AQHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300For e-books and audiobooks, Overdrive is a great resource, and now you can borrow across the state to broaden your reading horizons. The Library will be purchasing at a higher than normal level for Overdrive titles while schools remain closed and people are being encouraged to stay at home. Overdrive has no borrowing limits, but like physical books there can be holds for popular titles.


https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.NaXpedx-o50RAFz_xr8VPQHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300The Library also subscribes to Hoopla, which offers e-books and audiobooks, but also TV shows, movies, music, and comics. The Library normally allows 10 downloads a month, but for the months of March and April we are increasing that limit to 20. Please note that each individual card has its own hold limits, so if your child has a library card, they can also have their own account. You can even add kid-friendly settings so that only certain items are viewable.


TumbleBooksIf you’re looking for kid-friendly read-alongs, story books, e-books, and games with a focus on early literacy skill development, check out Tumblebooks. A favorite of your children’s elementary teachers, this should be a familiar resource to many Scituate Public School students!


https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.9zRPs3jNx4fly2Onv3nJ3QAAAA&pid=Api&P=0&w=180&h=150RB Digital Magazines has literally thousands of magazines at your fingertips. No limit to what you can borrow, and you can have them automatically checked out for you each month. Content for children, teens, and adults.



https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.6uOg61LZN7ytyfnmReAPCAAAAA&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300Kanopy Films is an independent film lover’s dream, but so much more! Not only does Kanopy offer independent films, classic films, and animated shorts, it also offers access to “Great Courses”, one of the best lifelong learning resources available and a longtime favorite of library patrons. The library currently has a 10-download per month limit, but is actively seeking to increase that number to 20.




The Library has in-home access to the New York Times via a digital code. You can see further details on our webpage.




The Library provides access to a wide range of databases for trusted information and peer-reviewed journals. Databases can be found by subject, and there is a special place for students to find resources that are applicable to their needs.


Have more questions?

The Library will work to update this page, but please know that we will do our best to update patrons as things develop. At this time, you can call during the Library’s open hours or email the Library Director, Jessi Finnie, at jfinnie@scituatema.gov.


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