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Click the bookcase below to use reference ebooks
Free Resume and Computer Help!
Drop-in resume and computer help is now available upstairs in the Main
Please call 508-532-5570 x4361 for details.
Drop-in Resume Help
Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and
job-search strategies most Tuesday mornings from
10am-12:30pm (except for Tuesday, July 2
and Tuesday, August 20) and Saturday
June 29 from 10:00am-11:30am. Please call 508-532-5570 x4361 for details.
Drop-in Computer Help
Illustrated Bibliography of Civil War Materials
As part of the Framingham Reads Together initiative, the Reference Department offers an illustrated bibliography of reference materials pertaining to the Civil War. Included in this bibliography are many photographs from our Local History collection.
Be sure to pick one up! Or view
the illustrated bibliography online.
Got Questions? We've Got Answers.
Do you want help doing some research?
We'll help explore topics, identify quality print and electronic sources, and provide style manuals to suit every requirement.
Do you have a book about...? Yes. We have access to recommendations for readers on a wide range of subjects-many bibliographies, book review sources, best seller lists, editors choices from professional journals and virtual book stores.
Do you have local information about...? In the Framingham Room you can find extensive local history and genealogy. In addition, the library is a depository for local government documents and current information. The reference staff will guide you.
Anything else staff can do? Need a tax form, a map of Framingham, bus schedules, your local property tax assessment, travel directions, voter registration form, precinct voting locations, the weather last January, museum passes, internet access, old newspaper microfilm, job resources, the value of your car, song lyrics, a poem?
The Reference Staff is here to help on the third floor of the Main Library. Remember to Look Here First or ask your question online at
Reference Department Blog
Job Searching Guides
Helpful handouts from a recent Reference Department
Job Resources at the Framingham Public
Writing an Effective Resume
Helpful Job Searching Websites
For even more resources see our information guide
Finding a Great Job.
Go to our
databases page with your library card to take advantage of the Novelist
guide to fiction for all ages; periodical indexes
for magazines and newspapers; the World
Book Online; and more online databases.
In addition to our own Framingham Public Library databases, you have
access to additional databases at
www.mlin.org, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
website. All you need is your library card number to use all of
recently added a new resume tool to our list of Databases!
Optimal Resume will help you create the best
first impression as a job seeker. Create a resume, write an
outstanding cover letter and manage your interviews, all in one
place. You can even create a video resume. Link your resume
with LinkedIn and Twitter for maximum exposure.
And, the best
part - with your Framingham Public Library card, you can
log in and use it from home!
Boston Public Library Cards
As a resident of Massachusetts, you are entitled to register for a library card at Boston Public
Library, which allows you to access BPL's many online
databases. If you don't yet have a BPL card, you can register
online for an ecard at
www.bpl.org/general/circulation/ecards.htm. This quick and
simple process will instantly provide you with a library card number
that allows you to use these databases.
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.
our local history guides for details
about this collection.
Framingham Oral History
Genealogy: A Pathfinder
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
View a small
sampling of the historic photographs here.
Internet Use in the Library
The Main Library and the McAuliffe
Branch provide free access to the Internet to anyone who has a library
card. Internet computers are available for Minuteman library card
holders to use on a first-come,
first-served basis for 60 minutes per day. Contact the reference
department for further information about the library's Internet use
Wireless Internet and
The Main Library and the McAuliffe Branch provide free wifi Internet access. Read our wireless handout
for details. Wireless printing is now available at the Main Library,
click here for details.
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The Creation Station offers access to advanced software
applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and
Microsoft Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. Please
see staff at our Reference Department to get started.
The Friends of the Framingham Library graciously
provided funding for much of the Creation Station.