Covid 19 Resources & Library Services

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Get the facts on coronavirus (COVID-19) from:

City of Fitchburg COVID-19 Updates & Alerts

MA 211 Services (look up organizations providing assistance with food, bills, and other essential services)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

MA Department of Public Health

Medline Plus

Be aware of misinformation being spread with the Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

COVID-19: How to Be Safe & Resilient a brief course from Northeastern University with modules on how to stay safe and take care of yourself

Library Services

While the library is closed to the public, staff are still available to help!

See here for our listing of free educational and homeschooling resources.

Please reach out to us about any questions you have by calling 978-829-1780 during the library’s normal operating hours (M-Th 10am-8pm, F 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm) or email fplref@cwmars.org any time.

Item Due Dates

The due dates for all items have been extended to May 1, 2020. Our outside book drop is currently open if you would still like to return items. Please note that returned items are being held for several days before being handled by staff.

Library Cards

If your existing library card was due to expire, your expiration date has been extended to May 1, 2020. If you have any problems accessing online resources with your card, please get in touch with us.

If you would like to get a library card to access ebooks and audiobooks, visit cwmars.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to sign up for a temporary Instant Digital Card. If you would like to gain access to FPL’s other electronic resources, please call or email us.

Holds & Interlibrary Loans

If you have holds waiting for pickup, they will remain on our holdshelf until the library reopens. Please ignore any reminder emails you may receive, as these are automated. We’ll be sure to give patrons plenty of time to pick up holds once we are open again. If you have pending holds, the statewide delivery service has been suspended until further notice, and your holds will remain in the system.

For more information about C/W MARS services during this time, click here.

Electronic Resources

Visit cwmars.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to access ebooks and audiobooks available for download.

To access other FPL resources available to you online, visit http://fitchburgpubliclibrary.org/541/Electronic-Resources 

  • These resources include:
    • Novelist (book recommendations and read-alikes)
    • A-Z World Food (free recipe database)
    • Freegal (stream and download music)
    • Gale Databases
    • NewsBank (access to Sentinel archives and vetted sources for world and national news)