Library FAQ for the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic:

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Is the Library open?

As of Monday, March 16th  the Library is closed until further notice. Please  know that  things are changing rapidly, and we will do our best to post  timely updates  should this change.  Additionally, library programs, and use of our Community Room by outside groups, have been canceled until further notice.  

What about the items i have checked out?

Please do not worry about any items you have borrowed from the Acushnet Public Library.  Currently, all items borrowed in Acushnet have a new due date of June 4, 2020.  Hang onto whatever you have.  While the Library is closed to the public, the exterior drop is also closed.  

We thanks the SAILS Library Network for their efforts to extend all due dates!  

What digital resources can i use from home?

Please also see our At Home Resources page for even more!


For e-books, audiobooks and magazines, we have Overdrive, aka Libby. You can borrow up to 6 items at a time, and you can borrow state-wide.  If you're interested in something but can't find it in Overdrive, send an email to dbrasseur@sailsinc.org. We'll be adding to the Overdrive catalog as much as we can over the next few weeks, and we'll take your recommendations into consideration.  This is something we already do, but now is a great time to spread the word.


We also have a subscription to hoopla!  You need an Acushnet library card to access material this way, and there is A LOT to access.  E-books, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and TV shows are available immediately (no holds!). You can normally download 8 titles per month, but we've raised the limit to 10 for while we're closed.  Plus, hoopla has released a Bonus Borrows collection that is available through April 30th. The library isn't charged for these downloads, and anything you do download from this collection doesn't count towards your monthly limit.


Tumblebooks is a great resource with material for kids in Kindergarten through the 6th grade. There are over 1,100 titles to choose from, and you just need an Acushnet Public Library card to login and gain full access.  The Tumblebooks team has actually made their entire collection open to public libraries through the summer.  All of the links are on our At Home Resources page.  You won't need a library card at all, if you go through these links.  Please note: there's a link for teen books and another for adult books. 


Working on a school project with your kids?  Or just want to do some of your own research?  Check out the Statewide Databases.  If you are prompted for a password, use "patriot" without the quotation marks.


The Massachusetts Library System has also partnered with Gale Cengage, a provider of the statewide databases, to provide access to resources that are not normally a part of our database offerings: Miss Humblebee's Academy , Gale in Context: High School, Gale in Context: College, and Gale in Context: Canada. If you are asked for a password, use "open" without the quotation marks.


WHAT IS MY PIN #?


Sometimes, when using online services, you are asked for a pin number.  Your pin number is typically the last four digits of your phone number.  Give that a try.  If it doesn't work, email Dina at dbrasseur@sailsinc.org.  She can look it up for you.


Apply for a temporary library card

You can apply for a temporary SAILS Library card.  Click here for more info.  Normally, you can have a temporary card for 3 weeks before needing to visit a library in person for a permanent card.  SAILS has extended the time to 60 days.  With a temporary card, you will have immediate access to some online resources, like Overdrive and the statewide databases (both mentioned above). If you run into any issues with this, then reach out to us.   Currently, the best way to reach us is by email.  Our Library Director can be reached at dbrasseur@sailsinc.org.  You can also email the library's general account at acupl@sailsinc.org.   

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Have more Questions?

Library  staff will make every attempt to update this page regularly.  You can also follow us on Facebook. Currently, the best way to reach us is by email.  Our Library Director can be reached at dbrasseur@sailsinc.org.  You can also email the library's general account at acupl@sailsinc.org. We thank you for your patience and understanding.