Reference librarians are always available to assist with all of your information needs. Please visit or call the reference desk at 781-721-7171 x320 for help with:
For more in-depth assistance, you can set up a 30-minute appointment with a Reference Librarian for one-on-one help with almost anything. We can provide research assistance, help you set up an email account, get you started with ebooks, help you find an obituary, or even show you how to use Twitter. Visit the Reference Desk, call 781-721-7171 x320, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
The Library's reference collection covers a broad array of subject areas including business information, consumer information, encyclopedias, job search resources, legal information, literary criticism, maps and atlases, consumer advisory, health information, and income tax forms and publications.
The Library subscribes to a large nubmer of periodicals which are shelved in the Reference Room. You can see our full list of subscriptions here.
The Library subscribes to a large number of databases that provide access to millions of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles online. We also have electronic resources for listening to music, creating a resume, buying a used car, planning a trip, learning a new language, and much more. All databases are available in the library and many are available from home. Please visit the Database Homepage to get started.
Due to the complexity and risks involved with legal issues, most legal questions are referred to the Middlesex Law Library in Woburn, MA. The Law Library is friendly, free, and open to the public. Law Librarians can provide help with legal research and have full access to all state law documentation. Additionally, you may also want to visit the Mass Trial Court System to view their resources.
You may also want to try the Law QuickStart Guide. Created by the Newton Free Library, this guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information on a topic, legal forms, and further legal assistance, primarily in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts now has a new resource for low income people who need help with civil (non criminal) legal problems: Mass Legal Answers Online. Low income Massachusetts residents can create an account on the secure website, then log in and post their legal questions. Volunteer lawyers answer the questions through the same website. There is no charge to use this service. People can access the site from anywhere that they have internet access, including smart phones. All information is confidential.
Mass Legal Answers Online is part of the national Free Legal Answers project sponsored by the American Bar Association, and is being managed in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute with the assistance of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.