Adult Services

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Study Rooms

There are 5 Library study rooms that can be reserved for two hour blocks no more than one week in advance. Reservations can be made by calling the Reference Desk @ 508-660-7341 or e-mail [ info@walpolelibrary.org ]. Please note that you will need a staff confirmation for a room request if you are either sending an e-mail or leaving a voice mail on the Reference Line. Please check in at the Reference Desk when you arrive for your room. Also note that the staff cannot hold a room for more than 15 minutes unless they are notified you will be late.

Collections

The Walpole Public Library maintains an up-to-date collection of reference and circulating materials covering all disciplines. The library belongs to the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) and has access to the collection of other OCLN libraries, as well as of the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog, which includes most public and state-funded academic libraries in the Commonwealth. Please call the Reference Department at 508-660-7341 for assistance in requesting materials from other libraries.

The library’s print and reference collections are enhanced by many online databases, many of which may be accessed from your home computer. The library also has circulating collections of DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, and large print books. The online Public Access Catalog allows you to search the collection of the Walpole Public Library, as well as those of all participating libraries in the Old Colony Library Network.

Information & Reference Services

Trained librarians are available to assist you to: identify appropriate sources for your research or factual queries; guide you in the use of our computers and the library's online catalog; or help you to find a "good book" to read. The Reference Desk may be contacted by telephone (508-660-7341), or by e-mail (info@walpolelibrary.org) to answer brief factual questions or for guidance in searching the library's catalog and other online resources.

Periodicals & Newspapers

The library collection includes more than 70 current magazine subscriptions and 10 newspapers. In addition, online databases of electronic resources provided by the Library and by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners offer access to newspapers, magazines and other publications both in the library and from your home or business computer.

Computer Resources

The library provides a total of 16 computers with Internet access and word processing. There are three computers each in the Children’s Room and the Young Room (1st floor), and eight computers near the Reference Desk (2nd floor).The library also has two Express (fifteen minute) computers near the Circulation Desk.

Printing: All public computers send printing to the Print Center located on the main floor next to the Circulation Desk. The charge for printing is 15 cents a page for black and white or color copies.

Wireless Access: The Walpole Public Library is equipped with wireless access. The library network (called "library”) is an open and unsecured access point. The Reference Librarians are available to assist patrons and to ensure that the network is running properly, however, they are not equipped to configure a patron's laptop.

Local History & Genealogy

The library maintains collection of town street lists and annual reports dating back to 1871, and a limited collection of public high school yearbooks. The library offers access to the Walpole Times on microfilm from 1886 to the present. The also has a limited collection of microfilmed vital and town records dating back to 1721.

Persons with Disabilities

The Walpole Public Library, it's building and grounds are completely accessible to disabled persons.  Convenient and safe designated parking spaces, ramps and sidewalks lead to a building that provides access for the disabled to all levels and areas.

For visually impaired persons, the library has a collection of large print books, audiobooks and Braille signage throughout the building.

For the hearing impaired, the library collection of DVDs include closed captioning which have dialogue written along the bottom of the screen.