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Museum Passes

The library provides free and discounted passes to nearly a dozen local museums, attractions and the zoo. 

Periodical and Research Databases

Databases offer currency, flexibility and speed in finding information. Reference librarians can help you determine the best ones for your topc. 

Somerville Digital Collections

Laptops, Tablets, etc.

The Somerville Public Library has three Apple iPads you can borrow, available via the following public service desks, at the Central library. Call ahead to see if one is available:

  • The Children's Room (617) 623-5000, x2950
  • The Teen Room (617) 623-5000, x2936
  • The Reference Desk (617) 623-5000, x2955

The library also offers a number of computer-related services to the public. These include:

Birding Kit

The birding kit includes the following items and may be borrowed for 1 week:

  • Sibley's Birding Basic By Davide Allen Sibley
  • Eastern Birds by Roger Tory Peterson
  • 2 Sets of Binoculars
  • Handouts & Web Resources for Local Birdwatching
  • Observation Notebook

Click here to see if the birding kit is available.

Guitars and ukulele

The library has a collection of four acoustic guitars and one ukulele, which may be borrowed for 4 weeks. They may not be renewed or requested. 

Click here to see if one of the guitars is available.
Click here to see if the ukulele is available.

Hand Drum

The library has a hand drum with a 10" fiberglass head, which may be borrowed for 4 weeks. 

Click here to see if the drum is available.

Telescope

The library's Orion Starblast 4.5" telescope is available  for 2 weeks.  

Click here to see if the telescope is available