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Library Services 

During Coronavirus Closure

   How to Reach Us:

As of March 17, 2020, the Jacob Edwards Library will be closed to the public until further notice.  Staff will be available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5 pm to assist with patron inquiries.

Staff may be reached by calling 508-764-5426 or by emailing

Curbside Service begins June 9, 2020

Curbside Service is available
Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm

Items may be returned through the bookdrop
located at the rear of the building.

  • Late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • Normal lending periods have resumed:
    • 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. DVDs and videogames are loaned for one week. Magazines are loaned for one week.

  • No donations can be accepted during the pandemic, due to the challenges posed for safe materials handling.
  • Materials being returned will be quarantined and will not be checked in for 72 hours.  Dates and times may be subject to change. 
  • If returning compact discs, please place a rubber band around the case.
Updated July 27, 2020

Remote Access:

Digital Access to Research Materials:
Click here for list

Digital Access to Educational Materials:

Click here for Pre-K-Grade 5 list

Click here for Grades 6+ list

Digital Access to Fun Materials:

List of Massachusetts Cultural Institutions
with virtual Offerings

Click here for Children/Families list

Click here for general list

Parents & Caregivers:
Resources for Parents & Caregivers to Discuss COVID-19 with Kids

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources:

Centers for Disease Control

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

World Health Organization

Town of Southbridge website

Everbridge - Town of Southbridge Emergency Alert Program: 

Community Information:

The Department of Transitional Assistance, 1 North Street, Southbridge, MA, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 will be closed to in-person visits until further notice. 

Phone: 877-382-2363.

Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts

The Literacy office at the Jacob Edwards Library is closed until further notice. Please use the following contact information to get in touch:

Holly Christo, Executive Director: 508-909-6589 or for
tutor support and information.

Andrea Cignarella, Program Assistant: 774-230-6468 or for
new students and online classes.

Other Medical Resources:

National Institutes of Health


Daily Life and Coping During the Pandemic (from

Imagine your story

Summer Reading 2020

Summer reading is here! Please click on the links below to find more information about the children's, teen's and adult's summer reading programs, and the fabulous prizes available this year.
Enjoy imagining your story!

Children's Summer Reading Program

Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program

Teen imagine your story

Ask a Librarian

A dedicated staff of library professionals is available to help patrons find the answers they seek.  The Reference Desk is located on the Main Level.  Questions may be asked in person during normal Hours of Operation, on the phone by calling 508-764-5426, Ext.105 or by e-mail at

Ask a Local Librarian

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Local History & Genealogy

The Reference Department maintains the Holmes Ammidown History Room on the Main Level. This room houses many important pieces from local history and holds numerous collections of books, photographs, maps, directories, and memorabilia. While the History Room is not open to the public, patrons are welcome to request items that can be brought out to the Reference area for research purposes.

Additionally, the Library maintains an extensive local newspaper collection on microfilm. For more information of available resources, please click here.

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Digital Collections of Historical Materials

Digital Commonwealth houses many historical photographs of Southbridge. 

Internet Archive houses digitized yearbooks and Town of Southbridge Annual Reports.

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Exam Proctoring

A reference librarian is available to proctor tests or exams by appointment. Please contact the Reference Department at, or 508-764-5426 x105 with any questions or to schedule an exam.

Please note that we do not offer constant monitoring, if this is a requirement of your school or organization. Students use a table in the Reference Area to take exams. Please also take into consideration that while the library is generally quiet, it is not a distraction-free environment. There is no charge for exam proctoring.

Please see the Exam Protoring Guidelines here. Completed forms may be returned to the reference desk.

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eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks

Download free eBooks and audiobooks through the library!  OverDrive provides popular fiction and nonfiction. Biblioboard provides primary source documents for academic research. 

You can also download free digital magazines through OverDrive!

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Mass 2-1-1

Mass 2-1-1's online directory provides access to statewide community resources. Search by keyword or topics to find information and resources for emergency food, rent, help paying your heating and utility bills, mental health counseling, health programs, public health and safety services, child care referrals, job resources, and other help for individuals, parents and families. 

Web Directory

Our web directory is a collection of websites found on the World Wide Web.  We have made every effort to select sites that we feel are maintained by reputable sources.  However, the Jacob Edwards Library does not endorse or attempt to ensure that the information contained in these sites is accurate.  We simply provide this directory as a guide to our patrons.


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