Cultural Passes

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

For somerville residents only

Periodical and Research Databases

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

Somerville Digital Collections

Apple iPads

For somerville residents only

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 Reference Desk (617) 623-5000, x2955

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

WiFi Hotspots

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.

For somerville residents only

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.


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

Click here to see if the telescope is available

For somerville residents only