Covid 19 Resources & Library Services


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)

Frontline Worker Resources from the Office of the Attorney General of MA

Gale database Covid-19 Resources for Educators

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

EPA’s list of disinfectants to use

Library Services

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

Curbside Pickup Service is available as of June 18, 2020. See below for more details.

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

Ask us for book recommendations with our new online form!

Please reach out to us about any questions you have by:

  • Filling out our ask a librarian form anytime
  • Calling 978-829-1780 during the library’s normal operating hours (M-Th 10am-8pm, F 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm)
  • Email any time.

Curbside Pickup

Place your holds one of three ways:

  • Call us at 978-829-1780
  • Email 
  • Order through your online account

Please limit your search to five (5) Fitchburg items. If you don’t have specific items in mind, please call or email us - a librarian will be happy to select some titles for you.

You will be notified by phone or email when your request is ready. Mask will be required to pick up items.

Pickup Times are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm (days and times subject to change)

When you arrive, call and give us your name and last 4 numbers of your library card. Please stand in the designated area. Staff will bring your item on a cart. Take the item after staff has reentered building.

Item Returns

All returns must be put in the book drops. No items can be given to staff. All returns will be quarantined for 3 days.

If you have an item that is too large for the book drop (puzzles, games, art prints, etc)., please give us a call to arrange a drop-off time.

Item Due Dates

New items being checked out will have standard 3-week (book) or 1-week (DVD) loan periods. All items will have one automatic renewal. Please note that the Fitchburg Public Library does not charge overdue fees. See here for all of our standard lending policies.

Library Cards

If you would like to sign up for a new library card to check out items via curbside pickup, please call (978-829-1780) or email us (

If you would like to get a library card to access ebooks and audiobooks only, visit or download the Libby app to sign up for a temporary Instant Digital Card

If your library card has expired, if you have any problems accessing online resources with your card, please get in touch with us.

Holds & Interlibrary Loans

If you have holds waiting for pickup, they are eligible for curbside pickup service. You should have received a phone call or email about picking up your items. If you have not, please reach out to us.

Statewide delivery service has resumed as of June 22, 2020, but we anticipate delays for new requests as they first need to catch up on backlogs from March. You are welcome to request interlibrary loan items, but please note they will not arrive as quickly as usual. Library staff will contact you when your items are available for curbside pickup.

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

Electronic Resources

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

To access other FPL resources available to you online, visit 

  • 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)
    • Ancestry (available free from home during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to ProQuest) & HeritageQuest