Need to get your reading fix but don’t want to buy more books? While Robbins, Fox, and other libraries may be closed to walk ins, they have tons of online resources for you, and have new pickup borrowing programs.

Library Programs Online

Need real books now? See local bookstores offering delivery or pickup!.

Just want to know everything thats available? Check out Minuteman Library Network Online Resources - they list dozens of websites, research sites, readers, and more you can login to with your library card number.

Don’t have a library card, or lost yours? Register for a new Minuteman library number online or get a BPL eCard online - both are free for Mass residents.

Wondering how it all works? Arlingtonian Steve Rothman has a clear guide about what Robbins online tools are what and how to use them!

Library Programs Glossary And Resource Lists

  • MLN or MINLIB - Minuteman Library Network - the regional network of libraries, allowing you to use your library card across Massachusetts (well, now across all their online services)
  • Overdrive lets you “check out” books from your library network on your ereader, smartphone, or laptop.
  • Libby is a newer app version of Overdrive that many people like, especially on iPhone/Android devices. David Coletta of the Arlington List has Libby tips.
  • Hoopla works as an app or in your browser, and lets you stream movies and ebooks with your library card.
  • Kanopy is a free streaming service for movies - documentaries, award winners, and foriegn or cult films.
  • NEW Acorn TV allows you to stream selected Britsh shows and movies with your card.
  • Newspapers like the NYTimes and Boston Globe can be read when you login with your library card.
  • Mango is an immersive language learning experience - take the time stuck at home to speak a new language.

All Nearby Libraries And Programs

Are you following your favorite library on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram? Many libraries are running regular online storytimes and have other events, classes, and more in their Facebook or YouTube pages!

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