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Library Information

 

 

Library Hours

 Sunday
 Closed
 Monday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Tuesday  1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 Wednesday  10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
 Thursday  1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 Friday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m
 Saturday

 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Planned 2017 Closures

 January 2 
 New Year's Day
 January 16
 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 February 20  President's Day
 April 17  Patriots' Day
 May 29
 Memorial Day
 July 4  Independence Day
 September 4
 Labor Day
 October 9  Columbus Day
 November 11  Veterans' Day
 November 23  Thanksgiving Eve (Closing at 4 p.m.)
 November 24  Thanksgiving Day
 December 24  Christmas Eve (Closed)
 December 25  Christmas Day
 December 31  New Year's Eve (Closing at 5 p.m.)

 

How to Find Us: Directions to the Library

From I-495 south , take Exit 31 , turn right at the end of the ramp on to Route 119. At first traffic light, turn right onto Route 110/2A. Travel 0.5 miles. Look for Reuben Hoar Library sign on the right across from the Badger Funeral Home. The library is located in the red brick building.

From I-495 north , take Exit 30 , turn right at the end of the ramp on to Route 110/2A. Travel  0.6 miles. Look for Reuben Hoar Library sign on your left across from the Badger Funeral Home. The library is in the red brick building.

Parking is available at the side and rear of the library.

Meeting Room entrance is in the rear.

 

Friends of the Reuben Hoar Library

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Reuben Hoar Library, click here.

 

Seed Library Littleton

We host the Littleton Seed Library near the front desk of the library. For more information, click here.

 

Book-a-Librarian

You can reserve time with a librarian to learn how to use the library's resources. For more information, click here.

 

Genealogy and Local History

The Houghton Historical Room is available for local history and genealogy research. For more information, click here.

 

Ray Grande Memorial Scholarship

An annual scholarship available to one lucky Littleton student, more information on the Ray Grande Memorial Scholarship can be found here.

 

Library Policies

Getting a Library Card

An active library card is required to check out items from the Reuben Hoar Library.

If you are a resident of Littleton you are eligible to receive a library card from us, free of charge. All that is required is a valid photo ID and proof of residency in the town of Littleton. An unexpired Massachusetts driver's license with your Littleton address counts as both; otherwise a driver's license, student ID, passport, or other ID that has both your picture and your name can be used in conjunction with a piece of mail or other document that features your name as it appears on your ID and your Littleton address.

If you are not a resident of Littleton but a resident of Massachusetts, we can register your home library card for use in our library and the rest of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). For that, we need your home library card and a photo ID. If you are not a resident of Massachusetts but still interested in checking out books from our library, come in and we can discuss getting you a temporary card for the duration of your visit.

Replacement cards are issued at no cost for Littleton residents. Children may be issued a library card with permission from their parents or guardians the summer before they enter the first grade.

Checking Out Materials

All items are checked out for one week or three week intervals, depending on the item. You may renew each item up to two times, provided other patrons are not waiting for the item. By default, there is no limit on how many items you may have on your card; the library staff reserves the right to impose temporary limits on patrons who consistently damage and/or lose library materials.

Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Materials

The Reuben Hoar Library does not charge daily late fines. However, when an item has reached 49 days overdue (seven weeks), you will be charged an $8.00 service fee per item. In addition, if the item is not promptly returned, you will be charged for the cost of replacing the item.

Your library card is an agreement that you will care for our materials while they are under your responsibility. If an item becomes lost or damaged while in your care, you are responsible for paying the cost to replace it. If you're aware that an item has become lost, please inform a librarian as soon as possible -- there are steps we can take to extend the amount of time you have to search for a lost item.

Should your fees and penalties total greater than $20 at one time, your account will be suspended, and you will be unable to check out any library materials including museum passes, until such time as you settle your obligation. Be aware that you may still retain your ability to order items, but you will not be able to pick them up.

Donations

We gladly accept donations of books, audiobooks, and DVDs! We request all donated items be in good condition. If you are comfortable carrying your donation, feel free to bring it to the main desk. Otherwise, you can arrange with us to make a drop off in the Couper Room from the parking lot in the rear of the building.

We do not accept donations of VHS tapes, cassette tapes, textbooks, Readers' Digest condensed books, or computer books greater than six months old. We do not accept magazines, but you can place recent issues (published within a year or less) in the black rack to the left of the main entrance.

Your donations may be accepted into the library's collection or placed in storage to be sold at the bi-annual book sale in the spring or fall. We reserve the right to determine for ourselves how we make use of your donations. We do not accept donations the week before, the week of, and the week after the spring and fall book sale.

Getting Museum Passes

Museum passes are available to patrons with clean records who are either residents of Littleton or members of the Friends of the Reuben Hoar Library. They can be reserved up to 90 days in advance and can be picked up from the library the day before or the day of your visit to the museum. Passes for Sundays can be picked up two days before your visit. Be sure to check the museum's website for up-to-date information about hours of operation, as the library may not be made aware of certain changes before they're implemented.

If you're not a resident and you don't want to join the Friends, you may borrow a pass the day of your visit provided no one has reserved that pass already.

Returnable passes should be in the library's book drop before the library opens on the day following your visit. Failure to return the pass on time may result in a $20 fine. Unclaimed passes (that is, any pass not picked up by 30 minutes before closing) may be given to other patrons. Patrons who repeatedly reserve passes but don't claim them will have their pass borrowing privileges revoked for the next 90 days.

Internet Use

The library has eight computers for internet access. Seven are available on the main floor and one in the Curran Children's Room. Users must register at the Main Desk before using an Internet computer. The library reserves the right to limit patron computer time.

The library also has wireless Internet connections available for those who have their own computers. For a more detailed policy concerning our wireless internet access, click here.

Warning: The Reuben Hoar Library uses an unsecured wireless Internet connection for both personal devices and public use computers. We strongly recommend you refrain from using our computers to transmit sensitive information, such as credit card transactions, passwords, and personal information. We are not responsible for any stolen data claims on our network.

Printing

There is a cost of 10 cents per page to print from the public computers in the library.

Unattended Children in the Library

Any child under the age of ten may not use the library, including the Curran Children's Room, unless accompanied by a person over the age of fourteen. An exception is made when the child is attending a program or function for his/her age group; however, the supervising person may not leave the library during the program. This restriction extends to parents/guardians leaving the child in the library while attending a program in one of the library's meeting rooms. Any child ten years or older may use the library unaccompanied, with the understanding that the library is a public space where the staff cannot guarantee the child's safety.

The library staff will not provide child care services. A parent will be notified if a child is unattended and requires supervision. If a minor is still unaccompanied fifteen minutes after the library's closing time, the Police Department will be notified.

Meeting Rooms

The library has three meeting rooms of varied sizes that are available to non-profit groups for use during normal library hours. A room may be reserved on a first come, first serve basis, and can be reserved for a total of six times by one individual up to six months in advance. Arrangements can be made to use the Vincent Couper Room when the library is closed. A request for a room reservation may be made online but is not confirmed until approved by a library staff person. Room use is subject to the RHL Meeting Room Policy.

Fax Machine

A self-service fax machine is available for public use. Incoming faxes should be sent to (978) 952-2323.There is no charge for sending or receiving faxes.

Photocopier

A small self-service copy machine is located in the library for public use. Copies are 10 cents per page.

Microform Readers

A microfiche reader and a microfilm reader are available. Please ask at the main desk.

Reuben Hoar Library Cafe

The Friends of the Reuben Hoar Library provide coffee, tea and hot chocolate to library visitors.  They ask a $1.00 donation per cup to cover their costs.  Stop by and enjoy a break, a beverage, and a magazine.  The cafe cart is in the magazine area on the Main Floor, beside the front desk.

Library Governance & Policies

Read the RHL Governance & Policy manual here.

 

Library Staff

A complete list of the library's staff and contact information can be found here.

 

Library Trustees

A complete list of the library trustees, agendas, minutes, and planned meetings can be found here.