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When is the Library open?
How do I apply for a library card?
Adult Department-Fall-Spring Hours
* Closed Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Children's Room-Fall Spring Hours
Mon. and Wed. 9:00a.m.-8:45p.m.; Tuesday and Thurs. 9:00a.m.-6:00.m.
* Closed Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Main Library is closed Sundays and holidays.
Fall-Spring Hours - Linden Branch
Due to staff shortages, hours at the branch are irregular. Please call (781) 397-7067 before going to the branch.
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
The Linden Library is closed Sundays and holidays.
How long can I keep items?
Massachusetts residents who present an acceptable ID may apply for a free library card. The ID must have the applicant's name and current address. Acceptable IDs include:
• MA Driver's License/Learner's Permit
• MA State ID
• Current school year report card/schedule
• Check Book
• Telephone Bill
• Gas Bill
• Electric Bill
• Bank Statement
• or Post Office change of address notification (has to have first and last name)
Malden Public Library cards entitle borrowers to take out materials from libraries in Boston, Chelsea and Malden (the Metro Boston Library Network). For further information, please visit the library website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org
May I renew items?
Most items may be checked out for 21 days with the exception of videos/DVD which may be checked out for 7 days. For further information, please visit the library website.
What does it cost if a book is late?
Most Malden materials may be renewed twice if there are no reserve requests. Books borrowed from MBLN member libraries may be renewed based on the individual library’s policies and if there are no reserve requests. Materials borrowed from outside of the MBLN Network may not be renewed.
Renew materials by:
- Presenting your valid library card at the circulation desk at the library
- Calling an Automated Telephone Circulation System (TeleCirc) at (617) 859-5908. Please have your library card and PIN on hand. Please do not call the main library number for renewals unless you need to select a pin number
- Logging on to the online catalog at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org. Please have your library card and PIN number on hand.
PIN numbers are available at the information and circulation desks or by calling the library at (781)324-0218.
Which items may I return in the book bin?
Adult Materials $0.10/day; Maximum: $5.00 per item.
Videocassettes, DVDs/VCDs $1.00/day; Maximum: $5.00 per item.
Art Prints $0.25/day; Maximum: $15.00 per print.
Adult Museum Passes $5.00/day; Maximum: $25.00 per pass.
Children's Materials $0.05/day; Maximum: $3.00 per item.
Children's Room Museum Passes $10.00/hour; No maximum.
As a courtesy, three notices are sent as a reminder to return overdue library items. Patrons are responsible for returning items on time even if they do not receive an overdue notice. Patron borrowing and internet privileges are suspended when outstanding charges reach $5.00 or more, or when an account is 30 days past due.
Are there any programs for kids?
Books and magazines may be returned in the book bin. Please return all other items including audio- visual, museum passes and books with CDs inside the library.
Is there internet access at the library?
There are a variety of programs for children and young adults throughout the year with a special summer reading program during the summer months. Visit http://maldenpubliclibrary.org/childindex.php for more information on children’s programming and http://maldenpubliclibrary.org/blog/teens/ for additional information on the young adult room.
Do you have free museum passes?
In the adult reference area, there are twelve public internet capable computers: four 20 minute express stations that do not require a library card; six one-hour terminals that do require a library card; and two additional terminals which can be reserved ahead of time for up to two hours. All 12 stations are equipped with office productivity suites. We also have four stations to access the library catalog and for library database research. The Children's Room and Young Adult room each have two internet capable machines available. Printing is available for $.25 cents per page.
Do you have a parking lot?
The Malden Public Library offers free or discounted museum passes for Malden residents. Click here to see museum passes that are available at the Malden Public Library: maldenpubliclibrary.org/museum.php
Do you have a FAX machine?
Malden Public Library now offers validated parking for library users. Parking is available at two locations: The Central Business Garage (CBD) at the corner of Middlesex and Centre Street, accross the street from Walgreens on Route 60; and The Heritage Parking on Florence Street next to City Hall.
We provide validated parkng in 1/2 hour increments for up to 2 hours. Give your current, dated parking stub to the Library Circulation Staff as you enter the library. We will give you parking coupon(s) when you leave the Library. Inquire at the Information or Circulation Desk for more details.
Limited street parking is available outside of the Library. Please read signs carefully, as most of the area requires a parking permit.
The nearest FAX machine is located at Sunrise Convenience and Postal Service, 51 Pleasant Street, Malden.