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The Shrewsbury Public Library will be closed for all services on Monday, April 19, 2021 in observance of the Patriots' Day Holiday. On-line and electronic resources will continue to be available.

Library Services


The Shrewsbury Public Library is committed to meeting the State and Town of Shrewsbury guidelines and ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and patrons while providing essential services. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we regularly evaluate our services and strive to provide excellent service to our community! 

Hours of Operation

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Holds

Patrons can place holds on books, audiobooks, CDs, video games, or DVDs through the C/W MARS system. Items that belong to Shrewsbury or other libraries can be selected. Up to 10 holds can be placed on one library card.

We offer no-contact holds pickup. The west entrance is open and the holds are on tables in the hallway. Holds are arranged in alphabetical order by patrons’ last names, and can be checked out using the self-checkout machines. Patrons will follow directional signs to exit the building through the main north entrance.

Please remember:

  • After you receive an email notification that your Hold is ready for pickup, please wait 48 hours (2 days) before coming in to pick up your hold item(s).
  • Patrons must bring the library card which was used to place the hold.
  • Library staff will not be able to assist patrons in-person, but will be available to help via phone at: (508) 841-8609, ext.2, or ext.3
  • Please also note that patrons are required to wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others while in the library
Returns
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There is a black bin outside the main entrance, near the automated drop-off chute, labeled “Returns” where materials can be dropped off when the automated drop-off system is not running.

The automated drop-off will be running at the following times:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All returned items must be quarantined and will not be checked-in for 48 hours.

Computer Appointments
Shrewsbury Public Library is pleased to offer reservation-based computer sessions to patrons with a C/W MARS library card in good standing. Click here for a full description.


Additional Library Services

Virtual Programs and Remote Reference Assistance

We continue to plan and offer virtual programs for children and adults to enjoy. You can see the whole list on our on-line calendar.

Children’s Story times are on Facebook Live! Please check out the library’s Youtube channel and enjoy the creative offerings of our talented staff!

Please sign-up for our e-Newsletter to receive up-to-date information. There are mailing lists for general Library information, Children's services, and Young Adult services.

Please call 508-841-8533 or email splreference@cwmars.org or splcirc@cwmars.org with any questions. Staff will respond to your queries on weekdays between 9 and 5.


For reliable, up-to-date information about COVID-19, the Shrewsbury Public Library is providing the following page of online resources.

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In the interest of creating an accurate historical record of daily life in Shrewsbury during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shrewsbury Public Library is currently collecting photos of day-to-day activities and displaying them on its Flickr page.  If you would like to submit some of your own photos, please send them to splreference@cwmars.org with a brief description.
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Catalog & Account


Find items, renew or place holds on items with the online catalog.


Book a Room

Book one of the library's meeting rooms or group study rooms.

Research


Access research materials, such as online articles, journals and other reference sources.

Events & Passes


View events and related information, including a calendar of all events, museum passes and room booking information.

E-Content


Access e-content, including e-books, MP3s and more. Download 24/7 from any device.

Library Resources

Wowbrary
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Library News & Updates



Sunday Sponsorship Update 6-15-2020


Thank you to our generous donors who provided a season of Sunday hours, October 6, 2019 through March 15, 2020. On March 15th we had to abruptly close the library due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Baker.

Providing Five Sundays:
  • Dr. B. Dale and Mrs. Melanie Magee
Providing Three Sundays Each:
  • Daniels Insurance Agency
Providing Two Sundays each:
  • Olivia, Peg, and Don Harbert
  • Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Providing one Sunday each are:
  • St. Mary's School
  • Maureen Fujimori in honor of Eileen Mooney Evans
  • Harold (Bill) and Jean Stuart
  • Pam Osborn in memory of Harry Der Harootunian
  • In memory of James Heedles
  • In loving memory of Buckie Somers
  • Selectman Beth Casavant
  • The Del Dotto grandchildren: Drea, Dylan, and Devin
  • The Shrewsbury Education Foundation
  • The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury
  • Central One Federal Credit Union
  • The Bachini family
  • The Matthews family
  • Dean Park Grill & Pizza
  • Jeffrey & Priscilla Billingham
  • David & Kathleen Rocheleau
  • Pat Silvestri in Memory of Elizabeth Woodring
  • In memory of Dr. John P. Collins from the Collins family
  • In memory of Dr. John P. Collins from John P. Collins & Nancy Hughes
  • One anonymous donor
You can help reach a full season of Sundays (October 4, 2020 through May 23, 2021). The cost for sponsoring one Sunday is $750. The form to become a Sunday sponsor may be found here.  Please contact the Library Director at (508) 841-8537 or email prathnam@shrewsburyma.gov if you wish to provide a sponsorship or need more information.