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Express Browsing:

Mon-Thurs: 10-7pm

Fri: 10-5pm

Sat: 10-3pm

Express Browsing

Express Browsing

The Library is now offer browsing, borrowing (including holds pick up) and timed computer use.

New occupancy limits and safety protocols are in place; no other services are available at this time.

Newton Free Library is delighted to welcome you back to browse the collection and check out materials!  

You will now be able to:

  • Browse and borrow materials; holds are located in the atrium

  • Ask staff for help looking up titles

  • Use copiers and/or scanner

  • Use a computer, by appointment, for one 45-minute session per day.

    • To reserve a computer in advance: call 617-796-1360 during library hours or click  Schedule Appointment


    During this phase, you will NOT be able to:

    • Use any space for studying, reading, socializing

    • Consume food or drink

    • Access daily print newspapers

Using the library will be very different. 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, 30 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 Foyer.

What to know before you come:

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth

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

  • Follow floor markings when lining up and navigating building

  • Wait in line outside if library reaches capacity.

  • Limit visits to no more than 30 minutes (45 minutes if you have a computer appointment).

  • Abide by staff instructions regarding safety.