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An Update from the Reading Public Library

It’s Almost Time! Temporary Library Closing Soon

We are excited to share:

The Library’s Big Move Back is coming! It is almost time for the temporary Library at 80 General Way to close.  Our last day open will be Friday, August 19. The Library will be closed beginning Saturday, August 20 and will remain closed for at least four weeks, as we pack up and move back to our beautiful renovated library building at 64 Middlesex Avenue.

To keep updated on details about when we will be reopening, check our “Library News” page and subscribe for emails or RSS feed, or call the library at 781-944-0840 to hear a recorded message.

While we are closed, be sure to have your library card and PIN handy to take advantage of our many online and digital services, such as:



Consumer Reports

Mango Languages

Overdrive Downloadable Books

… and more


Have more questions about the Library’s Big Move Back? We’ve got answers.

Questions about the Big Move Back?

There is a lot of excitement about the Library’s Big Move Back to 64 Middlesex Avenue, and we are sure you have many questions! Here are the questions we’ve been getting, with the answers.

When does the temporary Library close?

The temporary Library at 80 General Way is closing Friday, August 19 at 5 p.m.


How long will the library be closed?

We anticipate being closed for at least 4 weeks.


How will I be notified when the Library is reopening?

Please call our phone number (781-944-0840) for a recorded message. Check our website’s “Library News” page for announcements and to sign up for emails updates or our RSS feed.


Will there be a Grand Opening event?

Yes, we are planning a welcome back celebration on Sunday, October 2 from 2-5.


How long can I check items out?

Beginning Monday, August 8 all items will have an extended loan period of 6 weeks.


Can I still request books/DVDs/CDs/Magazines?

Yes! However, as of August 8, you may not choose “Reading Public Library” as the point of pick up. Until we reopen, please select any other NOBLE library to pick up your materials.


Where do I pick up items when you are closed?

Unless you have changed the pickup location for your holds, the holds will be suspended until we reopen. You will not lose your place in the queue for suspended holds. All holds will activate when we reopen.

What materials are available while the library is closed?                            

Please visit the “Discover” section of our website to access downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music and magazines. All of our online research resources will remain available. You will need your card number and PIN! Please make sure you have it before we close.

Can I use other libraries during the closure?

Yes! Your card works at ANY public library in Massachusetts. Make sure you have your library card with you. Many libraries will not let you check out without one.

Can I return books while the library is closed?

The book drop will close at 5pm on August 19. However, you may return items at any other NOBLE library until we reopen.

Can I use Museum Passes?

Coupon style passes may be used while we are closed, but need to be picked up by 5pm on Friday August 19.  Beginning then, all passes will be unavailable to book until we reopen at 64 Middlesex Avenue.

PLEASE NOTE:  The middle and high school required summer reading titles will be available at the:

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library

345 Main Street

Wakefield, MA 01880-5093


By phone: 781-246-6334

By fax: 781-246-6385

By e-mail:

(We are sending whatever copies of summer reading we have available at the time of closing, over to Wakefield.)

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