For Adults


Whether you need to find a book or article, download an e-book, use a public computer, scan a document, or join a knitting class, the Adult and References Services staff is here to help! Here are a few of the services we offer:

Reference/Research Help

We can help you find all sorts of things: books on any subject, academic journal articles, rankings of the best vacuum cleaners, and the latest stock quotes are all part of a day’s work for us! Our staff of professional reference librarians is experienced and knowledgeable about both print and online sources, and stays up to date on the latest technological developments.

Online Resources

We’re delighted to be able to offer so many excellent online resources to our patrons! Of course, if you’re working on a report or project you can find source materials in our academic databases. But we offer so much more!

Like the fantastic Mango Languages where you can learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more – all at your own pace!

Browse through our offerings, you won’t be disappointed!

Public Computers

The Adult Department offers 24 public access Windows computers, fully equipped with the latest versions of the most popular software.   For patrons with a creative bent, we have 2 iMacs loaded with a suite of creative tools.  For our patrons with visual impairments, two of our Windows workstations are equipped with larger monitors and large yellow keyboards, and offer access to Zoomtext and JAWS.

Of course, you may print from these computers, as well. Your first 2 black-and-white prints each day are free; afterwards prints are 10 cents per page for B&W, or 40 cents per page for color.

We also offer an “Express” computer workstation that anyone may use for up to 15 minutes – a perfect, quick way to check email on the go!

There are 3 publicly accessible catalog workstations in the Adult Department where you may locate or request a book; but our staff is always happy to look something up for you, too!

You may also make use of two iPads mounted in the Periodicals Room. These devices have internet access, and offer a good selection of eBooks (via the Kindle app) and eMagazines (via the Zinio app). Take a look!

Interlibrary Loans

We work hard to purchase materials that members of our community are sure to love. But if you ever find yourself wishing for something we don’t have, let us know! If someone else in the Minuteman Library network owns it, we can request it and have it sent here for you as soon as it’s available. If no one in the Minuteman Network has it, we can usually borrow it for you through our statewide Commonwealth Catalog resource, or our nationwide WorldCat* resource.

* If you are not a Watertown resident, we ask that you cover the cost of any loan charges for WorldCat items.

Foreign Language Materials

The library has books in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as a few foreign language newspapers, and a large collection of foreign language DVDs.


We have subscriptions to a number of daily and weekly newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, The Watertown Tab, The Waltham News Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

We also subscribe to over 200 periodicals, and you‘ll find them all in our beautifully elegant reading room on the 2nd floor.

Movies, Music, Digital Downloads and More

We feature the latest blockbusters and small indie films, classics, foreign films, documentaries, and TV series, so you’ll always find something great to watch! We have over 9,000 DVDs in our collection, and they’re all yours to explore.

Music? We’ve got that covered, too! From classical to jazz, from new age to reggae, we’ve got CDs to suit your every mood.

More, too! We have a large collection of books on CD, so you can take your favorite authors with you wherever you roam. If you’d rather not fumble with changing CDs, consider our compact, digital books on Playaway. All you need is an AAA battery and a pair of headphones and you can listen to an entire unabridged recording of many of your favorite books.

And, of course, we offer loads of eBooks and audiobooks for download to your favorite device. Stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor, call us at (617) 972-6436, or email us anytime.

We’re here to help!

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