Covid-19 Library Closure

Library Closed March 14 - April 6

The Watertown Free Public Library will be closed to the public from March 14 - April 6 to help minimize the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19.) The Library is currently scheduled to reopen on April 7. This date is subject to change.

Coronavirus Information

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Holds, Returns, and Fines

Holds: No holds will be available for pickup while the Library is closed.

Returns: Please keep your borrowed items at home, even if they are overdue. Minuteman Library Network (MLN) is extending all due dates until at least mid-April. 

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.

Using Library Resources at Home

Don’t forget that you can access many free library resources and entertainment platforms from home. Check out the eLibrary highlights below or visit for a full list of our digital offerings.

*As a response to our temporary closure, and library closures around the country, we’re pleased to offer increased plays and checkouts for some of our most popular digital platforms.

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OverDrive/Libby: Check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from home.
Hoopla: Instant access to music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, TV shows, and movies. *Plays have been increased from 7 to 10 per month, with no wait lists.
Kanopy: Stream movies and documentaries from home. *Plays will be increased from 3 to 5 per month, effective March 18. Plays are unlimited for select films. Kanopy Kids plays are now unlimited through April 16.
NoveList: Running out of things to read? Use NoveList for suggestions!


New York Times Digital Access: Stay up-to-date on news with NYT digital access.
RBDigital: Check out magazines from home including The Economist, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller and more.


Sesame Street Ebooks: Snuggle up with your favorite characters and learn letters, counting, and more.
TumbleBooks: Practice reading together with animated & narrated picture books from TumbleBooks.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic is providing free lessons; login information provided on site.
Kanopy Kids: Stream carefully selected videos that include award-winning movies and TV series, classic films, and family-friendly documentaries *Kanopy Kids plays are now unlimited through April 16.


HeritageQuest Online: Do you have time for a little research? Explore the history of your family. Learn a new skill while you’re stuck at home with
Instructables: Missing HATCH while we’re closed?  Check out the projects in Instructables for inspiration.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Colleges may be closed, but MIT has courses at undergraduate and graduate levels for you to explore at home.
Britannica School Edition: Explore topics and concepts for students in PreK through 12th grade.
Mango Languages: Brush up on your language skills with Mango and learn to say hello in over 70 languages.


MedlinePlus: Curious about medical topics?  Check out Medline Plus for the science behind medical tests, prescriptions, and more.
Gale Health & Wellness: The Gale database has a section dedicated to Coronavirus information.

A Reminder: Be Kind, Return your eBooks!

For those of you who remember VHS tapes, you know the phrase “Be Kind, Rewind.”  In our age of virtual resource sharing, we can be kind to the next person in line by returning eBooks and eAudiobooks on the OverDrive and Libby apps when we’re done reading them. 

You can return materials in several different ways. The Libby app will prompt you once a book reaches 100% completion by asking “Finished?” when you view the title on your Shelf.  The browser version of OverDrive has a “Return” button below each title in your Loans. In the OverDrive app, press and hold on the cover of a title and select “Return to library.” Checking out Kindle books? You can return Kindle books from your Amazon account under “Manage Your Content and Devices.” OverDrive has a guide on how to complete the process.