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Library Building CLOSED Until Further Notice.

In response to concerns around COVID-19 and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons town buildings are closed to the public. The town website has more information about town departments. For updates on Spencer cases check out the Spencer town website. (12/2020)

Curbside Pick Up & Home Delivery

Pick Up Times

  • Monday 10:00-4:00
  • Tuesday 10:00-4:00
  • Wednesday 10:00-4:00
  • Thursday 10:00-6:00
  • Pull up/park behind the library.
  • Upon arrival, call the library at 508-885-7513 ext. 1. Tell us your name & the color of your car.
  • A staff member will give you items and return to the building.
  • All books and other library materials in the book drop box only.
  • Items from other libraries may be returned in the library book drop box.
  • Please NO donations of books or other materials at this time.
    Note: items will not be checked-in until after a 1 week quarantine.

Library Home Delivery is a free library service for people in Spencer who are confined to their homes.
Homebound patrons are able to request books/movies…and have them delivered to their homes once a week.
For questions call the library at 508-885-7513 ext. 1.

Catalog

 If you can NOT find items in the C/WMARS catalog, try the Commonwealth Catalog.

New eBooks & eAudioBooks

Spencer residents have priority on the new Spencer e-books.
Login to your account with your library card number (PIN is the last four digits of your phone number unless you changed it.)

 

Book Recommendations & More

Staff Recommendations:We Read It, We Watched It, We Loved It…

Take a look at books, movies, podcasts, Netflix…recommended by your library staff.

 

NoveList Plus 

This includes title/author read-alikes, books discussion recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and much more…

 

 

What’s Next Books in Series

This collection helps readers search fiction series. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. You can also search by author and title.

 

 

Signup for a new library card

Call the library at 508-885-7513 (ext. 1 adults, ext. 2 teens/children) to get a free library card.
Once the library reopens to patrons in the building you will need the following: a picture ID with your current
address. If your ID does not have a current address bring a piece of mail, rental agreement, or mortgage
statement that has your name and address.

 

Sign up for program email lists.

WiFi

Available inside and outside near the library building.
WiFi Network = SpencerLib-patron
Password = SpencerLibrary

 

Borrow A Hot Spot (Free WiFi device)

Tmobile hotspot pic

A Hot Spot is a small, easy-to-use, mobile device that allows you to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones to the internet.

Any person 18+ years old, with a library card in good standing.

You can borrow a Hot Spot for up to 2 weeks. If the device is overdue, it will be disabled until returned.

A Hot Spot is free to borrow and use!

  • Hot Spots must be returned to the Richard Sugden Library, Spencer.
  • Return the Hot Spot in the Drop Box (located behind the library).
  • Return Hot Spot in its original case, with all of the accessories.
  • Please fully charge the battery before you return the device.

Yes. Hot Spots can be reserved the following ways:

  1. The library catalog by inserting your library card number with no spaces. Your password/PIN is the last four digits of your phone number until changed.
  2. Email: rslibraryma@gmail.com 
  3. Call the library at 508- 885-7513 (ext. 1 adults/teens and ext. 2 children’s)

No, but you can place a hold on a Hot Spot and be notified when it is available.

No, Hot Spots only work in the U.S.

The library does not have access to or collect specific usage data. The library does not provide patron information to the service provider. The library and the service provider do not monitor or track the websites that hotspot users visit or the information that users submit (such as user names, passwords, credit card information, etc).

Computers & Technology

  • Borrow Chromebooks for in library use 
  • Windows Desktop Computers
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • iPad is available in the Children’s room with pre-loaded games for children

 

Print, Scan, Copy, & Fax

  • Printing and copying are available: Black and White 10¢/page (available for copy machine and computers). Color 15¢/page (computer printing only).
  • Fax machine is available for outgoing faxes only and is located on the Library’s main floor. 
  • Domestic faxes (including Canada): First page cost is $1.75 and $1.00/page thereafter up to 15 pages. 
  • International faxes: First page cost $3.95 and $3.45/page thereafter up to 15 pages. 
  • You need a credit or debit card to use the fax machine.
  • Fax machine also has a scan to emails. Same fees apply.

 

Meeting & Study Rooms
Meeting spaces are currently not available.
  • Our meeting room provides space for library programs and community events up to 50 people. Quiet Study holds up to 6 people. 
  • Library programs have first priority. 
  • Groups utilizing the Library’s meeting rooms must adhere to the rules.
  • Meeting Room must be reserved in advanced. Quiet Study may be reserved, but not required.

The Meeting Room is available during regular Library open hours. 

Meeting rooms are available for:

  • Non-profit citizen’s groups – contact information required including names and phone number of the group.
  • Non-profit corporations – those granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code
  • The Richard Sugden Library Community Room, as well as a smaller meeting area in the building, are available to any local non-profit organization during posted library hours.
  • All meetings must be open to the public. The number of attendees must not exceed the maximum set by the Building Inspector and the Fire Chief.
  • Each group using the Meeting Room must appoint a member responsible for the meeting/activity and must sign in at the main desk at or before the meeting time.
  • Each group using the meeting room is responsible for cleanup. 
  • Smoking is not permitted in the library. 
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the library.
  • No group, organization, company, or any other entity using the room may charge as a condition of admission to, or participation in, a program, speech, meeting, or any other event, an admission charge or fee, other than a completely voluntary donation.
  • The library does not advocate or endorse viewpoints of meeting room users.

The Quiet Study Room is available on the main floor.  The Quiet Study Room holds up to 6 people and may be used for up to one hour. If no one is waiting you may stay longer. The room is not soundproof.

Meeting Room may be reserved in advance (for non-recurring groups).

There are many open areas for reading or studying on the main and 2nd floors. The 2nd floor is reserved for quiet study only. WiFi is available throughout the building.

 

Museum Passes

Borrow passes for discounts to various museums and MA State Parks. Thank you to the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Division of State Parks and Recreation.

Currently Old Sturbridge Village is the only pass available.

An 1830s New England Living History Museum. Library pass admits 4 visitors at 50% off regular daytime admission to the Village. Sponsor: Friends of the Richard Sugden Library.

All visitors and members are required to purchase and/or reserve tickets online. If you have a complimentary admission pass or a discount of any kind (includes library pass) please email visitorcenter@osv.org or call 508-347-0213 in advance to reserve your entry with a visitor center staff member. Proof of eligibility must be presented upon arrival at the visitor center.

 

The Worcester Art Museum’s (WAM) has a collection of nearly 38,000 objects

Sponsor: Friends of the Richard Sugden Library.

Tower Hill is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. This 130+ acre botanical garden boasts remarkable views of Mt. Wachusett and Wachusett Reservoir. Sponsor: Friends of the Richard Sugden Library.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation “ParksPass” hang-tag entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle at over 50 day-use facilities in the State Parks system that charges a fee; not valid for camping. Note: Resident status is determined by the car’s plates. If you are in a car with out-of-state plates, an in-state Parks Pass will be invalid even with an in-state driver’s license. Sponsor: MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.