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 Device Advice | Library Computers, Printing, and Wi-Fi
Interlibrary Loan | Tax Forms | Microfilm | Local History

News
Ancestry Library is now available at FPL!
This new database is in-library use only. Click here to get started.

'78Yearbooks have been Digitized
Thanks to Boston Public Library, our Framingham High School yearbooks have been digitized and are available for viewing and downloading on the Internet Archive.

There are 84 Framingham High yearbooks in total, spanning from 1931-2012. (Both North and South High schools are included for the years when there were two high schools.)


Credo- New Database
Have a look at our newest database: Credo!

With Credo you can:

      -Search and use copyright-free images
       (over 200,000 to choose from)
      -Explore DK Eyewitness books
      -Solve crossword puzzles
      -Teach yourself music theory
      -Read Pregnancy Day By Day, or 1,032
       other books
      -Study a full color diagram of the human
       body's nervous system so you can ace
       your exam

...and so much more! Plus, everything in Credo comes with a citation. Great for homework and projects!

To get started, Click Credo Reference.

In the meantime, play with one of Credo's coolest features:
Crossword Solver
!

Solve it!
Enter your crossword letters in the box.
Use a question mark (?) in place of unknown letters;
To solve an anagram, enter all of the letters.

eLibrary
Whether you are writing a paper, looking up nutrition advice, or browsing appliances on Consumer Reports, you can use our Databases and Virtual Library, available 24/7 with your library card.

Browse books, encyclopedias, journal articles, and more! Citations included for most sources!

And if you're in the mood for entertainment, have a look at our Digital page to see what you can download from the library for free.

- Databases
- Virtual Library
- Digital

Job SearchFree Weekly Resume & Computer Help
Drop-in resume and computer help is available upstairs in the Main Library Reference Department!


Drop-in Resume Help  
Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies most Tuesday mornings from 10am-12:30pm, except December 23 & 30. Please call 508-532-5570 x4361 for details.

For more job help:

Job Resources at the Framingham Public Library
Writing an Effective Resume
Helpful Job Searching Websites

For even more resources see our information guide Finding a Great Job.

Drop-in Computer HelpDrop-in Computer Help
Mondays 12:00-2:00pm
Tuesdays
11:00am–2:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am–2:00pm

Thursdays 11:00am–2:00pm
Fridays 11:00am–2:00pm

Device Advice
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

Drop-in to learn how to use Overdrive, Zinio or Hoopla to download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music or movies.

Bring your ereader, tablet or smartphone with you. No device? No problem! We will use a computer.

Please call the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 x4361 for more information.

Can't make it to Device Advice? Make an appointment! Submit our online appointment form or call 508-532-5570 x4361 and we will get back to you to set up a convenient time for your one-on-one session.

Library Computers, Printing, and Wi-Fi
See our Technology page for information about our computers, printers, scanner, Wi-Fi, and more.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you do not see the book or article you were looking for in our Minuteman Catalog, call or e-mail us and we will see if we can still get it for you through Interlibrary Loan.

Or, you may suggest an item for FPL to consider purchasing.

Tax Forms
Print tax forms are available at both libraries during tax season. Please call us at 508-532-5570 x4361 (or e-mail us) to inquire about availability.

If you would like to print your own forms, please visit:
- Federal: http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs
- State (Mass.): http://www.mass.gov/dor/forms/

Microfilm
The main Library's microfilm collection dates back to 1871 with the Framingham Gazette and continues right up through the present with the MetroWest Daily News.
Some years are missing, so please call or e-mail us so that we can check for availability. In addition to local Framingham papers, we also have selected years of the Boston Globe and the New York Times. (Also available online.)

If you are unable to come into the library, and if you know a specific date of an article or obituary you are looking for, call or e-mail us and we will do a simple search for you. We will copy and mail the information back to you ($0.20 a page plus the cost of postage), or we can scan and e-mail it to you as an attachment. We process these requests in the order that they are received, but feel free to stop in anytime to conduct the search yourself if you need the information sooner.

Framingham Local History
The Framingham local history collection is located in the reference department of the main library. This collection has noncirculating materials in various formats, which contribute to a history of Framingham and its residents, past and present. Catalogued materials are listed in the online catalog by author, title, and subject. The reference staff is available to assist in the use of these materials during regular service hours. 
See our local history guides for details about this collection.
- Framingham History
- Framingham Oral History Videos
- Framingham Genealogy
- Family Genealogies
- Genealogy: A Pathfinder

Local History Additions
The Reference department proudly announces two new additions to our local history collection! We have gathered a collection of more than 80 postcards depicting Framingham in an era before telephones were commonly used. If you would like to add to this collection, we would be happy to be the recipient of your old post cards. Please come take a look at the Framingham Public Library Postcard Collection (Framrm Locked Case 383.122).
We have also created a collection of many historic photographs depicting aspects of life in Framingham. The photos are stored in boxes each with subject indexes. Our long-term plan is to digitize all of these materials and make them available on the library website, but for now please visit the library and enjoy these unique collections.
View a small sampling of the historic photographs here.
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