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We are pleased to announce the following changes to our service in conjunction with the Governor's Reopening of Massachusetts.

  • As of June 17th 2021 we opened to all visitors without reservations.  Masks are encouraged but not required except for the Childrens Room where they are required.  Children under 2 are exempt from the face covering requirement.  
    Plexiglass has been installed at every service desk and will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are readily available throughout the building,  
    We will continue to make curbside service available as the new GRAB & GO! to patrons for some time to come as many folks have told us how much they like the service and some may remain reluctant to enter the building.  Pickup of materials will continue to be outside or inside depending on the weather. 
    During the summer months the majority of our Children's programs will be held outside on the library lawn.   Some programming will remain virtual.   
  • eBooks and Digital Media — We have an extensive collection of electronic resources which you can access from home. If you have questions about these services, you can email or call the library ​during our open hours. 
  • Ask a Librarian — If you have any other questions, would like assistance with any of our digital resources, have questions about the library, or have reference questions, you can call the library at 978-456-4114 or email us at

We thank all our patrons for their support and encouragement in what has been a challenging year for everyone!

Questions? Ask us!

Have a question about finding a specific eBook? Want suggestions on what to read next? Need help with your library card or assistance getting started with digital materials – eBooks, eAudiobooks or Digital Magazines and more?

Just email!

We will be happy to email you or phone you back!

Our Virtual Library is always open:

  • Through several separate digital collections the Harvard Public Library has many services available to you free from the comfort and safety of your home.
  • Access over 300,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital magazines and streaming videos and music.
  • Learn a language, take an online class, or research your family genealogy.
  • All for free and all from home.
  • Don’t know where to start? See the quick reference chart on our eLibrary page. 
  • Browse the collection descriptions. For app instructions and additional tips and tricks click on Learn More under the logo for each collection.

Children's Room Online

Looking for virtual programs and ideas to keep the kids busy?

We are posting daily on the children's room social media pages!

On our social media pages you can find:

  • information about HPL virtual storytimes presented in Zoom
  • videos of simple crafts using common materials
  • videos of abbreviated HPL storytimes
  • other programs - like read-alouds for older kids, virtual Lego Club meetings, book groups - that we are presenting using Zoom
  • lists of children's authors and illustrators who are doing online programs
  • information about digital media like e-books and e-audio
  • and links to videos we think you might enjoy

The Children's Room social media pages can be found here:

And we now have a YouTube channel for videos of storytime, read-alouds, and how-to crafts:

Teen Services 

Looking for book suggestions? Try a Teen Book Grab Bag. Use this survey to tell us what you like to read, and the Teen Librarian will make you a grab bag of 5 books based on your preferences to be added to your curbside order, OR email you an book list with links to downloadable eBooks and eAudios.

Don’t forget- you can still use one of the library’s digital collections to check out an eBook, eAudiobook, eMagazine, graphic novel, streaming video or music!

Looking for eBook suggestions? Browse our eBook lists on the Teen Page. These lists are by genre and topic, and include links to downloadable eBook and eAudio versions of each title.

Looking for something to do? 

Request a Teen Take and Make kit to be added to your curbside order. 

Join our Teen Book Connections book group! This is a NEW multigenerational book group for teens and the adults in their lives. Email the Teen Librarian to be put on the email list.