Borrow & Return

One of the primary functions of the Watertown Free Public Library is lending books, movies, music, games, and other materials to the community, free of charge. 

Loan Periods

Express books, new books, regular DVDs, TV series, magazines, and video games   2 weeks
All other books, nonfiction DVDs, audio books, and music CDs   3 weeks
New DVDs   1 week
Ereaders/Tablets   2 weeks
Kill-a-watts   2 weeks
Laptops/Headphones/Mice/Phone Chargers (internal use only)   2 hours
Museum Passes   Must be returned before the library opens the day after your museum visit


All materials may be renewed twice, unless a hold has been placed on the item. 

You can renew an item: 

    • online at Your Account
    • in person at the library
    • by calling 617.972.6431 extension #3
Express books, new DVDs, and video games cannot be renewed. Laptops are allowed 1 renewal.


Books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs, magazines, and video games   Adult $.10 per day
Children's $.05 per day
Laptops   $10.00/hour
Museum Pass   $10.00
Headphones/Mice   $2.00/hour


Total number of items allowed: 150

Fines may be paid at any Minuteman Library Network Locations or online through Your Account

The maximum amount of fines allowed on a card is $10.00. Fines in excess of $10.00 must be paid before the card can be used.

Fines may be paid at any Minuteman Library Network Locations.

Book Drops
Book drops located in the front and rear of the Library, drive up book drop on Thaxter Street between the Library and Town Hall. Also there are two remote drops throughout town, one at Middle School on Bemis and Waverly Streets and at the Hosmer Elementary School on Boylston Street. Drops are emptied daily.

Are you tired of waiting in line? Try out our self-checkout machine, located to the left of the Teen Room door. This machine has a touch screen that will walk you through the process of checking out your own library materials. Some restrictions are associated with the use of this machine. The following items/patrons are not eligible for self-checkout:

  • Books with barcodes on the back cover
  • Video games
  • Items on hold
  • Patrons with over $10 in fines
  • Patrons with billed or lost items