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3/20: Library Operations Update

by Jill Mercurio on 2020-03-18T15:36:00-04:00 | Comments

The Newton Free Library building is currently closed to the public. 

3/20 Library Operations Update

Returns, Fines, Holds

Returns: Please keep your borrowed items at home. All due dates have been extended to at least April 16. 

Fines: Fines will be waived during this closure. If your account registers fines during this time we will waive them for you when the library re-opens. 

  • Have existing fines? Don’t worry! We lifted restrictions so you can still take advantage of digital services at this time.

Have Questions?

  • We are monitoring our phone line (617-796-1360) and email ( to provide account and reference information during this time. Just send an email or leave us a message!

Looking for suggestions to help keep you and your family engaged during this period of social distancing? 

  • Explore our resource list of virtual museum tours, family music programs, stress relief and more!
  • Dial a Story: call (617) 796-1415 to listen to one of our amazing children's librarians read a 4 minute story. Stories are for children of all ages.                 

Enjoy your library from the comfort of your home. Newton Free Library’s robust digital services give card holders 24/7 free access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and more:

  • Kanopy: Streams critically-acclaimed movies, documentaries, and foreign films. Kanopy for Kids offers unlimited streaming of quality educational content including Sesame Street, Arthur, and language learning series.
  •  Hoopla: Instantly stream or download movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks and more.
  • Overdrive and the Libby app: Download popular eBooks, audiobooks, movies and current magazines.
  • Naxos music: Access to stream over 150,000 albums of classical music from all eras.
  • Freading: Downloadable books on many topics, including fiction, travel and more.
  • Tumblebooks: Ebooks for Ekids! An amazing selection of games, picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books and graphic novels with page by page narration.


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