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Express Browsing:

Mon-Thurs: 10-8pm

Fri: 10-5pm

Sat: 10-4pm

Express Browsing

Express Browsing

The Library currently offers browsing and borrowing (including holds pick up) and timed public desktop computer use. Occupancy limits and safety protocols are in place; no other services are available at this time. 

We are committed to safely maintaining and rebuilding our services, please be aware that hours and service offerings are subject to change.

Newton Free Library welcomes you to browse the collection and check out materials!  

You are able to:

  • Visit for 45 minutes, we encourage you to reserve items in advance for pickup

  • Quickly browse and borrow materials; holds are located in the atrium

  • Ask staff for help looking up titles

  • Use a public computer

  • Use a copier and/or scanner


During this phase, you are NOT able to:

  • Use interior spaces for studying, reading, socializing

  • Consume food or drink

  • Access daily print newspapers

Using the library is very different right now. Here is additional information to help prepare you for your visit:

To maintain appropriate occupancy guidelines a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside at one time:

  • Keep visits brief, 45 minutes or less.

  • Please limit number of people with you when visiting to allow entry for others.

  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by their adult caregiver at all times

Want to see if we are near capacity? Click here to view our interactive capacity sensor before you head over to the Library! You can also view this on the digital sign in the entryway just inside the parking lot entrance.

What to know before you come:

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth (regardless of personal vaccination status)

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others not in your household.

  • Limit visits to no more than 45 minutes.

  • Abide by staff instructions regarding safety.