The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

Borrow & Return


Most of our items can be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time except new DVDs, Playaway videos, museum passes, and select technology like the thermal camera and digital slide scanner. View the complete loan periods for more information. Please note we are not currently charging any fines for overdue items, only bills for lost or damaged ones.


You may return any Minuteman item to the Winchester Public Library and any Winchester item to other Minuteman libraries. Please be aware that the loan periods and fees of the library from which you originally borrowed your materials will apply no matter where the items are returned.

The Library offers a 3 day grace period on all items except museum passes.

Book drops in the parking lot are available 24/7 for the return of all library materials.


If the item you want is checked out, you can add your name to a waitlist. You can renew with your online account.

If we do not own the item you want, you can use the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat), which contains the holdings of libraries across Massachusetts. You will need your library card number and password.

You are also welcome to contact Reference staff at 781-721-7171 x320 or [email protected] for assistance with materials you cannot find.

Store Your Library Card

Get our app for quick access to favorite library features on your phone or tablet.

With the Minuteman Library Network app:

  • Never forget your library card. Store a digital copy of your Minuteman card and manage your checkouts and holds in My Account.
  • Scan a book barcode or search the Minuteman library collections to find and reserve an item on the go.
  • Access your library’s digital collections, museum passes, calendar, and more, without ever opening your web browser.
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Most library items can be renewed up to 2 times if no one else is waiting for them. Eligible items will renew automatically two days before they are due. Not all items are eligible for auto renewal.

You can renew with your online account or by contacting Circulation staff at 781-721-7171 x314.

Lost Items

You will be charged the replacement price listed in the item record for lost or seriously damaged material, or when the items are missing parts or artwork.