Library Services

February 2nd 2009
The library is offering a new service to those who need one-on-one computer help with tasks such as: - setting up an email account - filling out an online job application - conducting research on a topic - basic computer skills We are offering uninterrupted 30-minute time slots every Saturday at 10am and 3pm. To make an appointment, call 617-623-5000 and ask for the Reference department.
January 7th 2009
Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

The Central Library is having a free Comedy Film series this winter featuring some hilarious films you won’t want to miss! First up, on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. is a classic - Young Frankenstein. says: "If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is... Read Post

January 5th 2009
After a much-needed holiday break, the ESL program is starting up again at all 3 locations. East Branch, 115 Broadway Starting Monday, January 5th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Central Library, 79 Highland Ave - New day and time! Starting Tuesday, January 6th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm West Branch, 40 College Ave Starting Thursday, January 8th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Students, come for any sessions you like! No pre-registration... Read Post
December 17th 2008
Starting in January of 2009, the Somerville Central Library will be offering daily passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. We will have one pass available per day, which will admit 2 people for $5.00 per person. The ICA aims to present the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston audiences and includes many special exhibits throughout the year, appropriate for adults and families. The ICA also offers a performance theater, The Barbara Lee... Read Post
December 8th 2008
Check out some of the new titles have been added to our reference collection: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionay of Science Fiction Notable American Novelists Everyday Finance: Economics, Personal Money Management. and Entrepreneurship The Official Guide to And new in our Local History Collection: History of the Siege of Boston and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill General Sir William Howe's Orderly book: a Charlestown, Boston and Halifax, June 17,... Read Post
October 23rd 2008
The days are getting shorter and the weather's getting colder, but you can still find ways to enjoy your days off. The Boston area has a lot of fascinating places to visit and the Somerville Public Library can help defray the cost. We offer passes to Somerville residents that waive or reduce admission to places such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium,* the Peabody Essex Museum, and Zoo New England. A complete list is here. You can reserve passes in person, or by calling the... Read Post
June 16th 2008
If you would like to research your family tree but don't know how to begin, this workshop is just for you. I'll cover basic rules to follow no matter who you are or where your family is from, and resources (both in the Library and beyond)  helpful for different locales and nationalities.  I'll also walk participants through a search for documents on family members using HeritageQuest and, both available through the library.
May 13th 2008

Come to the Somerville Public Library to try our new database, Boston Consumer’s Checkbook. Working your way through the maze of consumer products and services can be daunting whether you are looking to find the best doctor, veterinarian, electrician, roofer, or bicycle repair shop. Consumer’s Checkbook Database is a great place to begin your search. This database provides ratings from other consumers about local businesses and services from home... Read Post

May 2nd 2008
kronosaurus skull

Just this: when you buy books (and other items like CDs and movies) at the Friends of the Somerville Public Library's book sale, the proceeds help to fund library programs, including the Museum Pass program. The particular big teeth pictured here belong to a fossil kronosaurus on exhibit at Harvard's Museum of Natural History. Harvard's Museum of Natural History is one of the many museums the Library offers passes to, so that Somerville residents can visit them for free, or at a substantial... Read Post