Ashland Public Library


Due to the spike in COVID cases and in order to minimize the potential for additional community spread, the library is moving to a limited-service model from:

Monday, January 10th - Friday, January 28th

Patrons will be permitted 30 minutes of browsing or 45 minutes of computer use at any time during operation hours. Our doors will be locked, but you can use the buzzer at the Concord Street Entrance to be let in the building. Study Rooms will not be available. Programs will be virtual-only. No food or drink allowed.

Our hours will be:

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm

The best way to receive your holds is Curbside Pick Up:

  • Request materials using the online catalog
  • You will be notified via email when your item(s) are ready
  • Your email notification will include a link to a Google form for you to choose a day for pick up
  • Come by the library any time during the library's open hours on your pick up day
  • Pick up your bagged item(s) from the lobby of the Concord St. entrance - they will already be checked out to you

If you would like to come in to pick up your holds, we've made this short video on using the Minuteman Library App for Self Checkout. Of course, the librarians will be available to help with checkout, too.

The Friends will NOT be accepting book donations in the building during this time EXCEPT for the 3rd Saturday of this month. Donations WILL be accepted outdoors in the Library parking lot from 11-2 on Saturday, January 15. 

Please call 508-881-0134 or email with any questions. 

Looking forward to serving you safely this (and every) month! 

You can view changes to all of the Towns Buildings and Services HERE


Mask Guidelines

As per Ashland Town Guidance when visiting the APL:

  • Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, all visitors to the library (or any town building) are required to wear a face-covering.

We will update the guidelines as directed by the Public Health Department. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this difficult time. 

Returning Items:

All book drops are open and you can return items in the building!  All items (including media) may be returned in the same book drops, although we do have an outdoor one labelled just for media if you're being super cautious (which we appreciate!). If a book drop is locked, please do not attempt to force the slot open to return items. We will no longer be quarantining returned materials. 

Museum Passes:

Please check museum websites for updates regarding operating hours and visitor information.  Click here for information on library pass availability.


Can you suggest some books to support discussions about racism and diversity ?

Yes, these titles are part of the Ashland Public Library collection. Eighteen additional titles have recently been added to the collection. 

I want to donate books.  Can I drop them off at the library?

We are accepting donations on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11-2pm. You can bring 2 bags or 2 small boxes to the Friends donation room at that time. 

What is my PIN?

When we issue library cards, we set the PIN as the last four digits of your library card number (barcode on the back of the library card).  If that doesn't work, it means you likely personalized it through "My Account".  If you can't remember your personalized PIN, please call the library 508 881-0134 and we can reset it.  Staff will be available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

I don’t have a library card. Can I get one online?

Yes, please scroll down to “Get a Library Card” for the link to apply online.

What can I access with my temporary online card?

State-provided online research databases within Massachusetts only and our digital catalog

Get a Library Card

Ashland is a member of the Minuteman Library Network.  When in-library services resume, Massachusetts residents may obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID with proof of current address, or apply online

Click here to reserve a museum pass

Search the Minuteman Catalog

Overdrive Magazines are here!


Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.  Click here to sign up using your Ashland Public Library card and download up to 5 items per month.


Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service providing access to more than 30,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS, A24, and the Criterion Collection. Ashland residents with Ashland Public Library cards will be able to watch 4 films per month.
Set up your account at: 
Then, download the Kanopy app on any of your devices to begin watching.

Minuteman Mobile App

The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and check out items using your camera's phone or use your digital library card to check out items at one of our staff assisted checkout stations.

New Mobile App

The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and use your digital library card to check out items at the library.