UPDATED, April 18: Robbins and Fox libraries' physical locations are closed, but they are here to help connect you with some high-quality, content-rich online resources. For some, you'll need a library card. Others are free and open to all. Here is a guide from Andrea Nicolay, director of libraries:

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As for physical library materials you currently have checked out -- please hold onto them for the time being. Our outside book drops at Robbins and Fox are locked, and we do not have personnel on-site to manage returns.

Need help with a digital device, or need help with another library question? Call us at 781-316-3233 and leave a message, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Introducing Acorn TV: Thanks to generous funding from the Arlington Libraries Foundation, we are introducing a new service this month: unlimited access to British shows and film through Acorn TV. Enjoy world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, on any web-connected device.  Find information about using your library card to set up your Acorn TV account at robbinslibrary.org

We are a fine-free library, so you will not incur overdue fees on any materials that were checked out at Robbins or Fox Library. Don't Robbins and worry about fines even if you didn't check out in Arlington-many libraries will be waiving fines. If you have holds currently ready at Robbins or at Fox, we'll save them for you.

We cannot predict when items "In Transit" will become available for pickup after we open due to inevitable delivery delays.

Your key to online library resources is your library card.  

Never had a card? Lost your card? Get a Library Card number online (and get immediate access to digital resources). If you had a card and lost it, we'll take care of any records-merging that needs to be done later, when we reopen. 

Can't remember your PIN number? Reset it on the My Accounts page (instructions are toward the bottom of the page).

Need help using our online resources?

Instructional guides for using our online resources are at available on our blog at robbinslibrary.org.

Access library resources from home: 

  • Download the Libby app for ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.
  • Stream video with Kanopy. In response to COVID-19 they've created a collection of films that won't eat up any of your credits.
  • Access the complete New York Times including workouts and recipes.
  • Learn a new language, try Mango.
  • See the full list of databases/learning tools for Arlington card-holders, most of which are accessible from home.
  • List of MA statewide databases.
  • Boston Public Library Online Resources - most online resources from Boston Public Library are available remotely. Anyone who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts can register for an eCard to access these resources from home.

Need help with a digital device, or need help with another library question? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are working on a chat option too-check our blog and/or facebook for updates. 

For children and families

One of our regular sing along performers, Matt Heaton, is offering a series of free sing alongs through Facebook Live. Check the Facebook event listing for details. There are many other authors and performers offering content online:

Authors Everywhere: This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators. Find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.

Storyline: Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Story Preservation Initiative: You'll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab. A one-time registration is required, then click on "storytellers" and listen and enjoy at no cost.

#StoryMarch: We know the library is more than just books. We go to the library for books and other materials, but we also go for story times, for a chance to use a computer to connect with others, and for a bit of social interaction. Right now, the most important thing for libraries to do is to support social distancing and keep our community healthy so that our first responders and vulnerable populations can stay healthy. 

Find up-to-date information on Arlington's response to Covid-19, including vital local social services resources, at arlingtonma.gov. Receive email updates by subscribing to Town Notices >>
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 This news announcement was published Monday, March 16, 2020, and updated April 18.