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About the Jacob Edwards Library

          Hours

Monday
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(September - May)

The Library is closed New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Also, the Library closes the Friday following Thanksgiving and closes at Noon on Christmas Eve.


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Our Mission

The Jacob Edwards Library enjoys a rich legacy of excellent service and is committed to the promotion of reading, education, literacy, culture, and lifelong learning for persons of all ages in our community.

-Long Range Plan, 2011

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Our History

The first public library was established in the Town of Southbridge by public vote in 1870.  In 1872, Holmes Ammidown, Esq. established and leased space on Main Street for the use of the town library.  Through the generous bequest of Jacob Edwards, a new facility was erected on the current location of the Library in 1914.  Having long outgrown its original building, a major addition was added to the library in 1966; this wing included the current Reading Room, Director’s Office, and the Holmes Ammidown History Room.  A major expansion and renovation was completed in 2000, thus increasing the library facility to its current size of 33,000 sq. ft.

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Board of Trustees

Richard Whitney - Chair

Robin Weber - Vice Chair

Paula Dacoles – Treasurer

Gary Bridgman

Fr. Peter Joyce

Mary Ellen Blake

The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library meets on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August.  All meetings are open to the general public.  Correspondence to the Board of Trustees may be sent to the Library address.

Trustees Meeting Minutes and Terms of Office

Library Director's Reports

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Staff Directory

Margaret Morrissey

Margaret Morrissey– Director
mmorriss@cwmars.org


Ashley Malouin
Ashley Malouin – Adult Services Librarian
amalouin@cwmars.org



Vacant – Children Services Librarian


Elizabeth Gendreau

Elizabeth Gendreau – Circulation Services Librarian
egendrea@cwmars.org



Lynn Wolstencroft

Lynn Wolstencroft – Technical Services Librarian
lwolsten@cwmars.org

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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?  How do I get a card for my child?

What do I do if my address, telephone, or e-mail address changes?

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

What do I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?

What are the loan periods for library materials?

How many items may I borrow on my card?

Are there fines on overdue library materials?

Can I renew items?

How do I schedule a meeting or study room?

Does the Library have parking?

Is the Library handicapped accessible?

Does the Library have changing facilities for infants?

Does the Library have computers for public use?

Does the Library have WiFi?

Does the Library have copy and FAX services?

Does the Library have microfilm-reading services?

Does the Library provide genealogy services?

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How do I get a library card?  How do I get a card for my child?

Library cards are FREE! Complete a Library Card Application at any Check-out Desk. Present a completed application along with a photo ID that contains your name and current address. Photo ID without your current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail, such as a lease, bill or official document.  If you have no printed personal mail, please ask the staff to mail you a postcard, which you can then present to the library staff as proof of your current address.

Parents and legal guardians may obtain a card for a child or legal dependent at the Check-out Desk in the Children’s Room on the Lower Level of the Library. A parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor (under the age of 12) and present a photo ID that has the parent’s or guardian’s name and current address. Photo ID without your current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail, such as a lease, bill or official document. If you have no printed personal mail, please ask the staff to mail you a postcard, which you can then present to the library as proof of your current address.

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What do I do if my address, telephone number or e-mail address changes?

If your address, telephone number or e-mail address changes, please notify the Library in person.  E-mail address may be updated through the My Account page.

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What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

Please call 508-764-5426 to report a lost or stolen card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card, so please make your report as soon as possible. There is a $1 charge for replacing your card, with a valid ID.

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What do I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?

If you have lost or damaged library materials, you must pay for the replacement cost of the item(s). Please speak with a staff member in person about lost or damaged items. 

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What are the loan periods for library materials?

Most books, books-on-CD, Playaways and music CDs are loaned for three weeks. New books are loaned for two weeks. Videos, DVDs, and Games (Wii and DS) are loaned for one week. Magazines are loaned for one week.

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How many items may I borrow on my card?

Lending policies are established to encourage the maximum responsible use of library materials by borrowers. New cardholders are limited to borrowing two items the first time a new card is used. Also, the library does reserve the right to limit a patron to three books on the same subject, so that other students and researchers may have access to materials in order to provide materials on a given subject for other patrons.

Each cardholder is limited to borrowing a total of 10 videos (VHS) and DVDs at any given time. CDs, audiobooks and magazines are restricted to 10 at any given time. Wii and DS games are limited to 2 per family.

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Are there fines on overdue library materials?

Yes.  Fines for most print materials and CDs are $0.10 per item per day with a maximum fine of $3 per item; fines for DVDs, VHS, and Games are $1 per item per day with a maximum fine of $5 per item. The maximum fine for late items per card is $10. Lost or damaged items must be replaced.

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Can I renew borrowed items?

Yes, most library materials can be renewed once, as long as there is no one else waiting for the item.  Items may be renewed in person at any Check-out Desk, by phone, or online. Please phone the library during open hours to renew by phone; voicemail renewals are not available. On-line renewals are available by selecting My Account on the library’s website. To renew items online, you will need your library card number and your PIN. Please ask staff to demonstrate how to access your record online.

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Does the Library have parking?

Yes, free parking is available. Parking is available along Main Street in front of the facility and in the municipal parking lot located behind the building. Entrance to the parking lot is via Foster Street. 

Parking on Main Street and in the Foster Street lot has a two-hour limit. Should the parking lot be at capacity, additional spaces are available at the municipal lot on Central Street and LaRochelle Way. Parking is also available in the evenings only at the Savers Bank lot across Foster Street.

There are 2 van accessible spaces nearest the library at its rear/north entrance.

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Is the Library handicapped accessible?

Yes, the facility is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. The accessible entrance is located at the rear of the building.

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Does the Library have changing facilities for infants?

Yes, both restrooms on the Lower Level nearest the Meeting Rooms have changing table for infants. Please see the Check-Out Desk in the Children’s Department for access.

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Does the Library have computers for public use?

Main HallYes, 17 computers are available for public use.  Two internet accessible computers are located in the Children’s Department on the Lower Level for children eleven and younger; four are located in the Young Adult area for teens aged twelve to seventeen; nine are located in the Computer Room on the Main Level for persons eighteen and older. 

Two computers are located on the Second Level for word processing purposes, as well as a third in the Children's Department. 

A valid library card is required to use the computers.  In order for a card to be valid, the account must be clear of all fines. You may also obtain a one-day guest pass with a valid ID. 

All computers have print capability; the cost to print is 20¢ per page for black & white, $2.00 per page for color copies. Please bring a storage device with you if you wish to save your work. Flash drives may be purchased at the Information Desk for $10.00.    Computer reservations may be made in person through the Reservation Station in the Computer Room.

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Does the Library have WiFi?

Yes, free WiFi is available throughout the building and around the perimeter, as well as from the parking lot.

If you wish to print, you will need to use an external device such as a flash drive and use one of the internet accessible computers to connect to our printing system.

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Does the Library have copy and fax services?

The Library has a public photocopier located on the Main Level. The cost to copy is 20¢ per page, black and white only.  

The Library does not have a public fax service. However fax service is available at the following nearby locations: Colonial Copy, 22 Central Street; Honest Town Postal Center, 100 Central Street, Suite 4; Staples, 120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge.

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Does the Library have microfilm-reading services?

Yes, three microfilm readers are located in the Computer Room on the Main Level. Our most recent acquisition, a ScanPro 2000, is a universal scanner that features high-resolution optics and scanning at all magnifications. An oversized, rotating screen and cutting-edge software let you automatically locate selected words on the film, and link to secondary sources when doing research. Any page or article can be printed or saved as a PDF file. The software also includes editing features, allowing you to "clean up" text or images.   

Vital statistics, historical documents and back issues of local newspapers including the Southbridge Evening News may be searched and printed (20¢ per page). Please see a staff member at the Information Desk on the Main Level to access our microfilm readers. Photo ID is required.

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