Information & Research
- Start with our Library Catalog, which searches Framingham Libraries as well as the Minuteman Library Network.
- Can't find what you're looking for there? Try the Commonwealth Catalog, which searches additional libraries and networks in Massachusetts.
- Not there either? Fill out our "Ask a Librarian" form to see if we can get the book or article you need from somewhere else in the United States through Interlibrary Loan. What is Interlibrary Loan? Find out here.
- Finally, do you have a suggestion for an item not in our network you would like us to consider? Please click here to fill out our online recommendation form.
Available 24/7 with your library card, even when we are closed:
- Articles & Databases: Find articles, browse primary sources, search literary criticism, read Daily Life e-books, access Consumer Reports, and more.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library: Full-text research books on a variety of topics.
- Credo: More e-books and articles for homework help.
- Information Guides: Selected by Framingham librarians, these guides are designed to recommend sources of information in books, magazines, videos, and web pages.
- Finding Your Way Guides: Do you have questions about: Housing? Schools? Jobs? Health care? Getting clothing and furniture? Children's activities? Immigration? Community groups? Fuel assistance? Help for senior citizens? Other concerns? Finding Your Way can help you get the information you need. Guides also available in Español, and Português.
Drop-in Computer Help
Mondays: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Wednesdays: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Fridays: 11:00am - 2:00pm
For more job help:
For even more resources see our information guide Finding a Great Job.
Drop-in Online Job Application Help
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
Need help filling out a job application on the computer?
Drop-in for assistance or set up an appointment by calling the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 x4361.
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. We also do Device Advice by appointment. Submit our online appointment form or call 508-532-5570 x4361 to request an appointment with a Reference Librarian.
Boston Public Library e-Card
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 e-card. This quick and simple process will instantly provide you with a library card number that allows you to use Boston's databases, which include Lynda.com, JSTOR, and more.
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, 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 Ask A Librarian.