The library provides discounted passes to library card holders to nearly a dozen local museums, attractions and the zoo.
Periodical and Research Databases
Somerville Digital Collections
- SPL Collections on Digital Commonwealth (e.g., photographs and ephemera of Somerville from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- SPL Materials on the Internet Archive (e.g., City of Somerville Annual Reports from the late 19th and early 20th centuries)
The Somerville Public Library has Apple iPads you can borrow, available via the following public service desks, at the Central library. The Apple iPads can be checked out for two weeks. No Requests or Renewals. Call ahead to see if one is available:
- The Children's Room (617) 623-5000, x2950
- The Reference Desk (617) 623-5000, x2955
The library also offers a number of computer-related services to the public in-house. These include:
- Internet Access
- Wireless Access
- Computer Software
- Computer and Internet Policies
- Chrombooks (In-house Use Only)
The Library offers two WiFi Hotspots available for circulation. The WiFi Hotspots may be checked out for two weeks.
Click here to see if a WiFi Hotspot is available.
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.
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.
The library's Orion Starblast 4.5" telescope is available for 2 weeks.
Click here to see if the telescope is available