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Curbside Service available

Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm

curbside pickup
Image by Ed Zilch from Pixabay 

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

  • 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.
  • If returning compact discs, please place a rubber band around the case.
Updated April 27, 2021

Reopening Guidelines:



Curbside pickup service also available at this time

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm 

Closed on Saturday and Sunday


Everyone entering the library will be recommended to properly wear a facemask and use hand sanitizer upon entering.

six feet

Physical distancing in the building and while on the grounds is recommended.

Patrons may request staff assistance at any time. Catalog computer will be available for searching collection .


 Library of Things are now available!.  


Meeting Rooms are not available.


Computer access is limited to 30 minutes per day, including access to the printer/copier/scanner machine.

self check

Self-checkout is available for patrons who wish to check out their own items. Staff is happy to assist in this new service..

washing hands

Hygiene and Cleaning:

Sanitizer is recommended, and is available at entrance and throughout the building 

Disinfectant is available for patrons to clean computers, keyboards and mice before/after each use

Returns will continue to only be accepted at the outdoor book drop, at the rear of the building, all returns will be sanitized.

High-touch and heavy-traffic areas are cleaned throughout the day by custodial and library staff.

Any materials that are picked up while browsing will be placed on a cart to be sanitized by staff before being reshelved 

 June 7, 2021

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

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.

Other Medical Resources:

National Institutes of Health


Daily Life and Coping During the Pandemic (from

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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