We have several public computers that connect to the internet. You can sign onto these computers with a PIN that you can get by the computer station--you do not need a Marshfield Library Card in order to get online.
Using the PIN allows you to use the computer for one hour, which will extend so long as there is not a waitlist for computer use. We have headphones at the Reference Desk that you may borrow if you need to watch or listen to something on the computer.
Public computers do begin to shut down 15 minutes before close. Please plan according when planning your visit to the library.
Public Internet Access
Have your own computer or connected device? You can connect to our public internet networks--we have signs around the library showing you how to connect!
We offer printing at a low cost to our patrons.
Printing is $0.20 for black and white copies and $0.50 for color copies. We can only accept cash for copies--our machine will accept change and $1 bills, but if you have larger bills the circulation desk should be able to break them for you (within reason--we can easily break larger bills up to $20, but we cannot guarantee anything larger than that).
You must log onto our public computers to print--we do not have the capacity to print from personal computers, tablets, or phones. To expediate the process, you may want to email your documents to yourself, or save them on a flash drive.
We have one (full color) scanner for public use in our public computer section. If you need assistance in using it, please ask a Reference Librarian.
We do offer faxing services, at $1/page (cash only). We do not charge for a cover sheet. Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you would like to fax anything.
Newspapers & Magazines
Enjoy a newspaper or current magazine at the library in our reading area! We generally get newspapers the day that they come out--newspapers are for library use only, as are the most current month's magazines.
Need to use a dictionary, encyclopedia, or other reference text? Check out our reference section or ask a librarian for help! These are also for reference use.
Want to help us with our current jigsaw puzzle? Stop by Jigsaw Junction (right by our Reference Desk) and try to find homes for a few pieces!
The Ventress Memorial Library has a notary public on staff who is available to notarize documents by appointment, or as staffing allows.
To schedule an appointment, or to verify that your document meets the Massachusetts Notary Law requirements, please contact the library by phone during our normal business hours. We cannot guarantee that notary services will be available if you do not call ahead.
This service is available most weekday afternoons.
Be sure to bring a photo ID (license, state-issued ID, or passport). Documents to be notarized may be filled out, but must be unsigned.
Because we are not experts in law or finance, we are unable to notarize some documents including: copy certifications, powers of attorney, wills, trusts, real estate closings, and various types of financial documents. Please call in advance to verify that your document can be notarized at the library if you have any doubts.
This service is provided free of charge.
Additionally, banks, office supply stores, and shipping and mailing services sometimes offer notary services, but may charge a fee.
Do you need help with research, computers, or your personal devices? Book an appointment with one of our reference librarians! Book-A-Librarian appointments are for 1/2 hour, and allow us to prepare to best serve your needs and block out the time that we will need to help you. If you need help with email or access to documents on a personal device, please be sure to remember to bring any passwords or access codes that you may need to log on.
You can book a librarian appointment in person at the Reference Desk or by phone at 781-834-5535.
Enjoy our quiet study area, located in the far back corner of the library by our Historical Room. Enjoy close to absolute silence while you do your work in one of our study carrels!
Note: this is the only quiet study area in the library. While we do ask patrons to be mindful of others, we do allow (and welcome!) talking in most other areas of the library.