Library Closure Information

The Somerville Public Library is currently closed.


Regarding Overdue Notices, updated June 29, 2020

You may have received emails regarding soon-to-be-overdue library materials. These emails were automatically generated by our Minuteman Library Network.

Please note: The due dates of all Somerville items have been automatically extended to August 31st.

As for items belonging to other libraries that might be checked out to your account, please be aware that no fines will be charged for items that are returned past their due dates for the foreseeable future. If you have materials that belong to a library other than Somerville, which are coming due on June 30th, and which cannot be renewed, please rest assured that they nevertheless can still be returned at a later date without incurring an overdue charge.

If you want to return your materials, our book drops at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) and at the East Branch Library (115 Broadway) are open 24/7.

The book drop at West @ TAB is currently closed; items may be returned to a staff member during scheduled pickup hours only (Monday-Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2:15pm - 5:45pm).


The City of Somerville (Official) has announced that effective Monday, March 16, all City buildings including schools and libraries will be closed to the public and will remained closed for a minimum of two weeks to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. During this time we will reassess if the closure needs to continue beyond two weeks.

While the Minuteman Library Network is presently working on automating the handling of due dates, etc., under current circumstances, please rest assured that you will not be charged fines on any items that you currently have checked out, or items that you have recently returned to our library during this time.

So please feel free to simply hold on to whatever library materials you have checked out, and to return them to our library when we reopen. No fines will be charged. Regarding items that you may currently have on hold, these will be available for 3 days from the date that the library reopens.

If you have further questions about library transactions, please email: somrefquestions@minlib.net.

Additional information about actions the City and Schools are taking, along with more information on COVID-19 and prevention measures, can be found at www.somervillema.gov/coronavirus, which is updated frequently. To receive alerts related to the City’s Covid-19 response, please register here: https://www.somervillema.gov/alerts.

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