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From free museum passes to multiple catalogs and more, Newton Free Library has something for everyone! Read on to learn what you can do with your Newton Free Library card.
Access Newton Free Library’s 3D Printer!
3D printers are exciting stuff! Whether you’re cosplaying or making a new part for your car, 3D printers are on the cutting edge of technology. Newton Free Library offers patrons access to their 3D Printer, though there is a charge of $1 per gram of material. As 3D printing can take hours, an appointment is necessary! To learn more, click here or email 3DPrint@minlib.net.
Get up to two free museum passes a day!
Newton residents are eligible to receive two free museum passes a day through the Newton Free Library! Please note that the terms vary by venue, so be sure to read the details here.
The following venues offer discounts and free passes through the Newton Free Library:
- Blitehwold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
- Boston Children’s Museum (50% off)*
- Boston Harbor Islands (BOGO tickets)
- deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
- Discovery Museums (50% off)*
- Edward M. Kennedy Institute
- Einstein’s Worskhop Drop In (FREE)
- Fuller Craft Museum (FREE)
- Garden in the Woods (50% off)
- Griffin Museum of Photography (FREE)
- Harvard Art Museum (FREE)
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Historic Newton Museum (FREE)
- Institute of Contemporary Art*
- Isabella Steward Gardner Museum*
- JFK Presidential Library Museum*
- Larz Anderson Art Museum (FREE)
- Massachusetts State Parks (FREE)
- Museum of Fine Arts*
- Museum of Science*
- Mystic Aquarium
- New England Aquarium
- New England Quilt Museum (FREE)
- Peabody Essex Museum*
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden (50% off)*
- USS Constitution Museum (FREE)*
- Zoo New England
Feature your own art & music at the library!
Newton Free Library boasts a sizable collection of permanent art that’s free to the public! There are also art exhibits throughout the year. Call Newton Library at (617) 796-1360 or stop by to learn more!
Residents may be able to exhibit their own artwork at Newton Free Library! All applicants must be from the New England area, and all artwork must be original, having been made in the past three years. To see the complete list of rules or to apply, click here.
Consider yourself a local musician and want to add to the local music collection? Click here for more information.
Take advantage of a free subscription to online learning classes!
The Newton Free Library offers free access to lynda.com, an online website with tens of thousands of classes for all sorts of subjects. lynda.com normally requires a paid subscription, so be sure to take advantage of this offer! To do so, go here and log in with your library barcode and pin.
Further your education with free classes!
There are constantly new classes being held at Newton Free Library! Take a technology class or see what else the library has to offer by clicking here.
Newton Free Library also has a range of resources available for the aspiring entrepreneur. Learn about creating business plans from the Small Business Administration or find books that will help you in your field! Newton Free Library’s business resources are available here or in person!
The Newton Free Library offers free tax forms around tax season every year! Most forms are available while supplies last, though some forms may take up to 15 business days to arrive. The NFL also plays host to AARP Tax-Aide Foundation volunteers at certain times of the year. These volunteers are IRS-certified and can help you with your non-business taxes! To learn more, call Newton Free Library or stop by.
Disabled patrons may receive assisted technology & homebound delivery services!
Newton Free Library has a host of technology available to assist disabled individuals, including hand-held magnifiers, personal amplifiers, talking-book players, large print titles, and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more info.
Individuals with special needs may be eligible for the homebound delivery service, which delivers books, movies, music, and more. To sign up, call Newton Free Library at (617) 796-1360 and ask for accessibility services.
Utilize the multiple catalogs at your disposal to find whatever you need!
Newton Free Library is a part of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), a consortium of some 40+ libraries in Massachusetts. Your Newton Free Library card gives you access to the vast resources of this network!
Even the MLN pales in comparison to the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat), an absolutely massive resource that has access to millions of items across participating locations. You can request a resource to be sent from any participating location! Simply login by clicking here, choose your library, and find the resource you want to request.
WorldCat is an online network composed of tens of thousands of libraries and over two billion resources! Accessible in over a dozen languages, WorldCat will tell you where to find whatever resource you’re looking for!
The Newton Free Library proudly hosts Digital Newton, a project made to save history for posterity! Everything from old maps to old yearbooks can be found online. Take a look into the past with Digital Newton by clicking here.