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The Commonwealth Catalog is Back Online!

The Commonwealth Catalog is ready to resume lending and borrowing services on Monday, September 21st. MVLC patrons are welcome to resume requesting items from beyond MVLC libraries as you did before the pandemic.

All networks will be participating in this reopening except for FLO, UMass Amherst, and UMass Dartmouth. These non-participating networks have indicated they are willing to provide point-to-point ILL services if contacted directly by other libraries, until they are ready to resume ComCat service. Although most networks are resuming participation, not all libraries in those networks will be coming online on Monday and they ask for patience from the library community as all libraries work to resume services.

If you have any questions or any trouble with requests, please contact the Reference Desk at or 978-256-5521 x1211.

Curbside Pickup!

Curbside Pickup is available for getting items from the library!

You can place holds online through the catalog, or call us at 978-256-5521 to place a new request. If you’d like staff to provide suggestions, you can do that online or by phone. Currently, we are limited to items in the building, because inter-library loan delivery has not restarted.

Hours for curbside pickup are 10am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday. You’ll be notified when your hold is ready, and you can stop by any time during curbside hours to pick it up – call us from the parking lot when you get here and we’ll bring it out (during busy times, please be patient!).

If you require any special accommodations, please let staff know when you call. And if you don’t have a cell phone, there is a doorbell in the curbside pickup area so you can still safely let staff know you’re here.

Chelmsford Annual Water Quality Report Released

The Chelmsford Water District has released the Chelmsford Annual Chelmsford Water Quality Report [pdf], for the reporting year 2019.

This report covers where Chelmsford’s water comes from, what is in the water, how the water is treated and purified, how sampling is done, and the test results for the year.

From the report:

We are once again pleased to present our annual water quality report covering all testing performed between January 1 and December 31, 2019. Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to producing drinking water that meets all state and federal standards. We continually strive to adopt new methods for delivering the best-quality drinking water to you. As new challenges to drinking water safety emerge, we remain vigilant in meeting the goals of source water protection, water conservation, and community education, while continuing to serve the needs of all our water users. Please remember that we are always available should you ever have any questions or concerns about your water

Lucy Knisley Soap and Water Graphic

Library Services Update – April 1

As of Wednesday, April 1st, Governor Baker has extended the directive for all non-essential workers to stay at home until May 4th. This includes Library staff.


  • Please do not return your library materials at this time, we will extend your due dates until we reopen to the public


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Staff will provide support as we work from home, but please be patient as response times may not be as quick as normally expected. Please use any of the options below and we will respond as quickly as we are able.


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Check out Our Board Games!

Game On! You can now take home a board game from the Chelmsford Library!

We’re starting with 50+ games for all ages, with a mix of classic and modern games. Patrons cane take home a game for three weeks, and renew it twice if no one is waiting. There are no limits on how many you can check out at once, but you have to pick it up at the Chelmsford Library (they won’t be sent to other libraries).

Each game has a list on the box of what should be included to play. Staff will try hard to count these every time a game is returned, but if you notice something missing, please let us know. Please also try to make sure to return the big four-way rubber band holding the box closed too, so nothing falls out.

The board games are located between the New Books Room and the Newspapers, on the Main Level. See the full list of board games in the catalog. We’re always open to recommendations too, so let us know what is your favorite!

We’re Having a Wicked Good Party!

Join the Friends of the Library on Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm, for photo ops with the Wicked Witch, crafts for children, music, food, and a costume parade at 3:00. All ages are encouraged to wear costumes.

To kickoff the 2020 membership campaign, the Friends are celebrating our wicked good library with a party for all ages. When you become a member of the Friends of the Library, you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad in February.

New Carpet Downstairs & Children’s

Starting right after Labor Day, we’ll be continuing with the library’s re-carpeting project. Just like Phase 1 on the main level, this will also require sections of the library to be closed while the installers do their work.

Lower Level Closed Sept. 3-6
The plan right now is to begin on the lower level on Tuesday, September 3rd. The installers estimate it will take them all week to complete that level. During that week, the entire lower level will be closed to patrons. We’ll be moving as many computers and other resources as possible upstairs, and staff will be available to retrieve books for patrons.

Children’s Room Closed Sept. 9-12
After the lower level is finished, the installers will be moving to the Children’s Room. Right now this is anticipated to start on Monday, September 9th. However, we will adjust this schedule depending on how quickly the installers are finished downstairs. The Children’s Room will be closed during this time. During the work, part of the McCarthy Meeting Room will be a temporary Children’s Room, with a play area, books, craft table, iPads and computers, and staff able to retrieve books from the Children’s Room.

We apologize for the disruption, but the improvements we’re making will be worth it (especially in the Children’s Room!).

2020 by 2020!

Help Celebrate Our New Library’s 20th Anniversary!

The Friends of the Library invite you to show your support for our amazing library by becoming a member in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the expanded Main Library. By joining the Friends, or renewing your membership, you can show your support for the many wonderful books and services that the library provides. 100% of your membership fee will go straight to the library to help provide programs, museum passes, and other essentials for our busy lives.

Join now, and your name will be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize – an iPad! Several second prize winners will receive a gift card to a book store.

Help us reach our goal of having 2020 members by Feb. 29th, 2020, the 20th anniversary of the day the newly-expanded library opened.

Join now!

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