Using the Library

Accessibility

Mezzanine Railing The building is accessible via a lift next to the front staircase. Once inside, an elevator serves all floors.

A Kurzweil machine for the visually impaired is available in the Reference Department.

If you have difficulty reaching items on the higher or lower shelves, please ask staff for assistance in retrieving them.

Borrowing

See our loan times, limits and fines here.

Renewing Library Materials

To renew items you have charged out, see instructions here. If you'd rather have library staff renew them for you, please phone during open hours.

Library Cards

Any resident of a Massachusetts community which receives State Aid to Libraries Grants, or full-time student in Massachusetts, is entitled to a free library card. Current library cards from other public libraries in CWMARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) may be used to borrow Forbes materials by residents of communities which receive State Aid to Libraries Grants.

If you live in another state, you may purchase a library card for an annual fee of $35.

If you need a card, please ask for an application at the main desk. A photo ID is required, as well as proof of address.
Why we always need your Library Card
Renewing your card

Paying Fines Online

You can now pay library fines or make a donation using your debit or credit card. Click here for details.

Renewing Library Materials

To renew items you have charged out, see instructions here. If you'd rather have library staff renew them for you, please phone during open hours.

Holds/Requests

If the items you want are not on the shelf, you can request them from any library in the CWMARS network.

Book and Media Drop Boxes

You can return materials in our outside drop boxes when the library is closed, or when you are just passing by and don't have time to come into the building. There are three boxes along the left edge of the exit driveway for returns. One box is for audio-visual items (movies, music, audio-books), one for books, and one for children's books. Please ask a staff member if you have any questions.

You can return Forbes items at any participating western Mass. library, and vice versa.