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Common Questions About Researching at the BPL

  • Unfortunately not everyone wins the Read Your Way to Fenway contest, but we encourage you to apply again next year if you do not. We take into consideration how well the essays meet the guidelines of the contest and also how many RYWTF games the child/teen has attended in the past so as to be as equitable as possible.

  • The BPL’s primary goal with this pilot program is to reach riders who may not already be familiar with the Library’s offerings. Library cards are not required to use this service.

  • The OverDrive app was discontinued on May 1, 2023. We encourage you to make the switch to OverDrive's Libby app, opens a new window.

    Here is OverDrive's Libby Help guide for OverDrive app users, opens a new window

    Access to our OverDrive site, opens a new window will remain available.

  • The only items you need to prepare prior to your arrival are samples of the materials you are proposing be digitized (including samples of any descriptive information you have for the materials — catalog cards, MARC records, spreadsheets, finding aids, etc.). During the visit, we will assess materials for both fragility and appropriateness, so having samples available is very helpful. We want to see anything you have in mind, even if you suspect digitization is a long shot.

    Please also prepare a list of questions for us. We’re there to help you feel comfortable with the process, so no question should be considered unreasonable or silly.

    Lastly, if you have anything that you think we might bring back to the BPL with us, after assessment, you need to have boxes and packing material ready so that we can transport it safely.

    For information about what types of content may be contributed, see the Collection Development Policy.

  • There are no more Chromebooks or LTE Enabled Home Routers (Home Wi-Fi) available. We recommend looking into our Short-Term Lending Home Connectivity Kits and the Affordable Connectivity Program as an alternative.

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