Robbins Library to Open for Short-term Browsing by Appointment

Effective Monday, April 5, we are expanding services to include short-term browsing on all floors. The hours for browsing and all other library services will be Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Visit our Get a Browsing Pass page on Friday, April 2 to reserve a General Collections or Children’s Room pass for April 5 and beyond. If you need to book by phone, you can book starting April 2 via our appointment hotline: 781-316-3206. All visits are limited to 15 minutes and the maximum number of passes complies with the state’s Phase III Step 2 indoor capacity guidelines.

Passes are not required to check out reserved materials or contactless pickup materials in the lobby area.

Passes must be reserved at least one day in advance. To support socially distanced staff work stations, the library’s Reading Room will continue to be off-limits for now, and new books and speed reads have been relocated near the Reference Desk.   

Look for Mobile Checkout in “My Account”

With the new Mobile Checkout feature in the Minuteman Library Network’s free app, you can pick a book off the shelf and use the in-app barcode scanner to check the item out to yourself on the spot–a great way to skip the line and save time. Traditional self-checkout stations will be available in the Children’s Room and on the first floor near the Reference Desk. A second checkout service point is being added in the lobby for browsers who also have reserved materials to pick up. 

Safety measures include floor markers, required masks for all visitors over age 2, regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and hand sanitizer stations on all floors. Reference Desk transactions are limited to 5 minutes, and remote help will be offered to those needing more time or in-depth assistance.  

“We’re so happy to be at this point,” says Director of Libraries Andrea Nicolay. “A public library needs its public! We can’t wait to reopen Fox too, hopefully later this summer. Fox staff are temporarily relocated at Robbins to help things run smoothly and safely.”

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