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Reference Services

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 so we can help you:

Reference Services Banner: Locating information Research projects and homework Finding a book or article Requesting or reserving items from other libraries Reader's advisory Use of the Internet ebooks and mobile devices Reserving study rooms Reserving museum passes

Book a librarian

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 to set up an appointment.

Technology in the Reference Room

  • Computers and Internet: There are 19 Windows computers in the Reference Room which provide access to the Internet, databases, and some commonly used programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Saving files to CDs, flash drives, and floppy disks is allowed. You must have your library card with you to use a computer. Visitors may request a guest card.
    Free wireless internet access is available throughout the library.
  • Printing and Copying: Black and white printing and copying is available for 15 cents per page. Color printing is available for 35 cents per page.
  • Scanning: A digital scanner is available in the Reference Room for no charge.
  • Faxing: Send-only fax service is available for $1 per page, with a 20-page limit, within the continental U.S. only. The proceeds from this service benefit the Friends of the Winchester Public Library.
  • Magnification: A Topaz digital magnifier is available. This is an easy to use, true color magnifier that can greatly enlarge print or photographs. The Topaz offers 30 high contrast color modes for those with macular degeneration or other vision impairments.
  • Microfilm and Microfiche: A microtext viewer / printer is available to the public.

Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers

The Library subscribes to a large number of periodicals which are shelved in the Reference Room. You can search the catalog for the magazine you would like to see by title or contact us with an inquiry

Databases and Electronic Resources

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.

Legal ResourceS

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.

Find a Book

Local: Minuteman Catalog

Statewide: ComCat

Worldwide: WorldCat