Ventress Memorial Library


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Ventress Memorial Library

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Curbside Pickup

Our building is still closed to the public, but we are open for curbside pickup and phone calls during the following hours:

  • Monday 10a-4p
  • Tuesday 12p-7p
  • Wednesday 10a-4p
  • Thursday 10a-4p
  • Friday closed
  • Saturday 10a-4p 
  • Sunday closed

We also now have limited after-hours holds pickup. If you can't pick up your library items during regular library hours, you may request that your items be checked out to you and placed in an after-hours locker. For more information, please read our Curbside Pickup Instructions.

"Why are there books checked out on my account that I don't have at home?"
We have changed some of our procedures for safety reasons and to streamline curbside pickup. See our Frequently Asked Questions for this and other common issues.

Placing Items on Hold

You can place items on on hold using one of the following options:

  • Place available items on hold using our online catalog  
  • Request specific items or readers' advisory using our online request form
  • Request specific items or readers' advisory by calling us at 781-834-5535 during curbside pickup hours
  • Request specific items or readers' advisory by emailing mapickup@ocln.org

Delivery between libraries has resumed on a limited basis. You are now able to place holds on items from other Old Colony Libraries that are currently receiving deliveries. 

We are working hard to fill all of the incoming requests. However, due to the increased demand for materials it may take us longer than usual to process your requests. If you have tried to call us and haven't been able to get through please try again in a few minutes or email us at mapickup@ocln.org.

Mobile Hotspots

If you are having difficulty accessing the internet or paying your internet bill, the library is here to help. Anyone with an OCLN card can call 781-834-5535, or email mapickup@ocln.org to request a mobile hotspot. Hotspots circulate for 2 weeks.

Summer Reading

Summer reading registration is now live, and the program runs from July 1 to August 28. As of Monday, August 3, we have 110 registrations - we are almost halfway to our goal of 250 registrations by August 14! Check out these videos for more information about summer reading for early childhood, kids, teens, and adults.

OCLN & Boston Public Library eCard Registrations

Library Cards: Need a library card to access our online resources? Register for an Old Colony Library Network eCard here. You can also register for a Boston Public Library eCard to access even more online resources.

Returns & Donations

The Ventress Memorial Library building is closed to the public until further notice. All checked out materials will have no associated late fees. As of Monday, June 8, the library is accepting returns in our outdoor bookdrop only.

At this time the library is not accepting donations. Donations may be placed in the two donation bins located to the far right of the building. For more information here about current library services, click here.

Instant Access to Online Services

Below are links to the library's digital resources that you can access from home. You can call the library during curbside pickup hours at 781-834-5535 for assistance, or you can also watch online video tutorials through Niche Academy. The default PIN is ocln. 

Acorn TV - British TV

Community Resources

Link and icon for Consumer Reports online

MBLC Databases - credible online reference

Hoopla - eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics...

Indieflix - Movies & Documentaries

Kanopy - Movies & Television

Icon and link to join the library mailing list.

Newsbank - Local & National Newspapers

Novelist - Readers Advisory

Overdrive - eBooks, Audiobooks

Qello - Concerts & Music Documentaries

The Great Courses - College Level Courses

Method Test Prep - Self-paced ACT & SAT

rbDigital - Magazines

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