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Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

Now Adults can join in the summer reading fun too!

Adult summer challenge Bingo cards can be downloaded and printed, or you can pick one up at the Circulation or Info Desk on the main floor starting June 3rd.

Cross off spaces for reading different genres, but also for attending summer programs, downloading music and movies and much more! Turn in your completed card to the Main desk and be entered into a raffle for prizes!

And if you need reading suggestions, we’re here to help!

The New Catalog Is Here!

The new catalog for all MVLC libraries launched on Thursday, May 18. As with any major software migration, the first days and weeks are spent learning the new system and adding in customizations to make it easier to use. Overall, the catalog is much more pleasant to look and and use. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of it:

  • When you’re searching for an item, you’ll get the best results with the broadest search.
    To find something, just type in the title, author, keyword, etc, into the search box and click the search button. This search is smarter than before, so the item you’re looking for should appear nearer the top of the list. If you’d like to refine further, use the limiters along the left side.
  • Searches are first limited to the local library, but it’s easy to search all of MVLC.
    When you start at your search will look just in the Chelmsford catalog. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, there’s an easy link to click to search the entire MVLC catalog. And at any time, you can expand a search to all of MVLC using the “You are searching this library only. To search all MVLC libraries Click Here” link near the top of the search results. You can also move between searching just items at the Main Library and just items at the MacKay Branch by using the “Search the Chelmsford – MacKay Branch Catalog” link just under the search box. You can tell which catalog you’re in by the logo at the top of the screen.
  • Where to find it?
    Find where an item is shelved by clicking the “Where to find it” link under each item. This will show the libraries that own it, the item’s call number, and whether it is checked out or on the shelf. If it’s checked out, it’ll also show the due date. And if you’re using the Chelmsford catalog, Chelmsford items will always be right at the top.
  • Logging In
    During the migration, everyone’s PIN was reset to the last four digits of your telephone number. If you’re not able to log in, please call us at 978-256-5521 or stop by the library. Once you’re into your account, under the Personal Information tab, click the “Change Pin” bar to edit your PIN.
  • Adjust your account preferences
    Also under the Personal Information tab are the Preferences and SMS Notification bars. Preferences let you choose your default set your pickup location and tailor your account to suit you best. SMS Notifications allows you to enter a cell number to get text notifications for holds, overdues, and other notices.
  • Check on your checkouts and holds
    In your account, there will be a tab for Checkouts and one for Holds. Under the Checkouts tab, you’ll see everything out right now, along with the due date and the number of times the item has been renewed. If you’d like to renew it, check the box next to the item and then click the Renew button. The Holds tab lists everything you have on hold, and your position in line. Sometimes items will come in much earlier than expected based on where items get returned, so don’t let big numbers discourage you! You can also use the orange buttons along the top of the list to suspend holds and edit the pickup location.
  • View your digital items right in the catalog!
    The new catalog has integrated many of our ebooks and other digital items. From both the Checkouts and Holds tab, you can click the “Digital Checkouts” or “Digital Holds” bar to track this activity.
  • Customize you My Account screen
    After you log into My Account, there is a “Preferences” bar under Personal Information that lets you choose which tab is displayed when you log in, what each tab can open by default, your preferred pickup library, and more
  • Watch for holds emails!
    Since we switched to new software, that means holds notification emails are being sent from a new email address. These messages should be coming from “MVLC-Notices <>” – if you’re not getting the messages, please check your junk or spam folders, and be sure to mark this address as an approved sender

Please let us know if you have any questions about using the new catalog, and especially if you have any trouble with it. We’re all still learning the ins-and-outs of the new software, and it’s great to get feedback!

The Library is Getting a New Catalog!


Our new catalog is now live! Check it out at! Remember that all user account PINs have been reset to the last 4 digits of the phone number on file.

Now that it’s up, we will be checking in all the materials returned these past few days! Please bear with us as we are still configuring the new system. If you have any issues that persist past this week with your account, please e-mail one of our Assistant Directors at or

Thank you for all your understanding during this transition, and we are excited for our new and improved catalog!


In mid-May, the Chelmsford Public Library, and the rest of the MVLC libraries, will launch a new library catalog!

Some Highlights:

  • More features, better searching, and a great new design
  • New and popular items will be much easier to find and request
  • In addition to books and DVDs, searches will eventually include electronic items like ebooks, downloadable music and audiobooks, and streaming movies and TV shows – over 3 million items in all!
  • Easier to see if what you want is available on the shelf right now – even ebooks!
  • You’ll be amazed at how easy downloading from Overdrive becomes
  • Ability to pay your fines and fees with a credit or debit card right from the catalog

Don’t worry, you won’t lose the features you love, like reading suggestions, reviews, and making your own lists. Of course, you’ll still be able to log in to manage your account and holds just as you always have.


Sneak Preview
We’re still adding final touches and customizing features, but here’s a small sample of what the new catalog will look like:


But What’s The Catch?!?
The changeover will require our software, including self-check machines, to be offline for a few days starting on May 15th. You won’t be able to log in to your account during that time either. But on May 18th, we plan to have everything back up and working fine. The changeover requires resetting all PINs to the last four digits of your telephone number, so you’ll have to reset your password if you changed it in the old system.


Let Us Know What You Think!
We hope you’ll like our catalog’s new look and capabilities. As always, let us know if you have any questions – library staff will be happy to take you on a tour!

One Book Chelmsford 2017

This year’s One Book selection is Stronger, by Chelmsford native Jeff Bauman, about his experiences before and after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Copies of the book are available at the library, as well as the list of One Book programs leading up to a visit from the author on Friday, April 21st!
Continue reading One Book Chelmsford 2017

Winterfest Kick-Off Friday, Feb 3, 7pm

Come kick-off Winterfest Chelmsford in style at the Library after-hours on Friday night, February 3rd, at 7pm.

This year’s Winterfest Social is “A Winter Escape”, and will feature a live band, lots of great food and drink from area restaurants, and also a series of escape-the-room puzzles. These are fun five-minute challenges for groups to work together and solve a puzzle.

We’ll also kick-off the One Book Chelmsford town-wide reading program for 2017. This year’s title is Stronger, by Chelmsford native Jeff Bauman, recounting his experience during and after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Be sure to stop by to pick up a copy of the book!

Tickets are limited and will be available for purchase at the Main Library and the MacKay Branch – $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Due to a great response, we’ve suspended Paypal ticket sales. Those will be available for pick up at the will-call table.

Details for the entire Winterfest Chelmsford weekend are also available at Events are schedule all around town for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – it’s the best weekend of the year to get out and enjoy Winter with the rest of the Chelmsford community!

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‘Tis the Season for Binging!

Would you like nothing better than to just curl up under a blanket this weekend and binge on some great movies? Check out a Binge Box and make it happen!

Binge Boxes contain six DVDs related to a single theme – 80s movies, Boston movies, chick flicks, etc. The included movies are listed on the outside of the box and in the catalog. We’ll keep adding more to the catalog as we collect more movies, but if you have suggestions for binging, please let us know. The current list of Binge Boxes is:

  • Quentin Tarantino
    Contains: Hateful Eight — Jackie Brown — Kill Bill Vol. 1 — Kill Bill Vol. 2 — Pulp Fiction — Reservoir Dogs
  • Chick Flicks
    Contains: Bridesmaids — Steel Magnolias — Sleepless in Seattle — When Harry Met Sally — My Big Fat Greek Wedding — Bridges of Madison County
  • ’80s Classics
    Contains: Breakfast Club — Caddyshack — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Pretty in Pink — Sixteen Candles — Trading Places
  • Mass Movies
    Contains: Civil Action — Fighter — Glory — Good Will Hunting — Jaws — Mystic River
  • Merry Christmas
    Contains: Christmas Story — Scrooge (1970) — National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Elf — The Santa Clause — White Christmas
  • Scary Funny
    Contains: American Werewolf in London — Cabin in the Woods — Gremlins — Scream — Shaun of the Dead — Zombieland
  • Inspiring Athletes
    Contains: Blind Side — Chariots of Fire — Cool Runnings — Hoosiers — Miracle — Rudy

Binge Boxes circulate for 1 week, can be requested, but cannot be renewed, and patrons are limited to one box at a time.

The Library is now open on Sundays!

opensundayssignCan’t make it to the Library during the week? No problem – we’re open 1-5pm on Sundays!

Sunday hours started the weekend after Columbus Day, and will continue until the weekend before Memorial Day. We will not be open on Sunday, December 25th, Sunday, January 1st, or Easter Sunday, March 27, 2017.

Our regular hours remain the same: Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 9:00pm, and Friday – Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm.

And of course, our website and many online resources are always available, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Use a Library Laptop Anywhere in the Building

loanerlaptopSit anywhere in the library and use the same software and internet access that the public desktop computers provide!

They are perfect for taking an online exam in a small study room, taking into the courtyard to get phone support with one of your online accounts, or just checking your email from the comfort of a soft chair by the window. You can even print from a laptop using the library print from anywhere service.

These laptops are available for checkout at the reference desk for use within the library, and also at the MacKay Branch. A picture ID is required to checkout a laptop, and the laptops have a four hour time limit.