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  • We are still CLOSED to the public until further notice because of the public health emergency. There will be no fines for a LONG time.
  • The book drop is open for returns of library materials only (no donations). Items returned have to be quarantined for about a week, so they will still show up on your card for a while, even though you have returned them. We will be waiving the late fees.
  • We are not accepting donated books or other materials at this time (except for a hot new bestseller or Fairhaven history!)

  • Outside Pickup is available
    (but still not accepting donations of books or other items)

    WHEN: Pickup hours are:

    • Monday 11 – 7
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-5
    • Saturday pickup 10 – 2

    HOW: Place holds by:

    • Online catalog (SAILS) or
    • Call us at 508-992-5342:
      • Monday, 9-8
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 – 6
      • Saturday 9-3

      You will be notified via your usual method when something comes in for you. PLEASE CALL US SO WE CAN MAKE SURE YOU STILL WANT THE ITEM AND TO ARRANGE FOR PICKUP.

    WHERE: Pick-up is outside the Walnut Street entrance near the book drop. Please respect Social Distancing and wear a face mask when picking up books since there might be someone else near the cart.

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    Using Stuff Online
    Video tutorials about Overdrive, Hoopla, and Novelist on our YouTube Channel. Thanks, Sam!

    NOTE: ALLDATA auto repair database is now temporarily remote access instead of just “in-library!”
    See the eLibrary page for details.

    NEW! Acorn Tv!
    Streaming British shows, new and old. Sorry, for Fairhaven cardholders only. You will need your library card beginning with 22035 to register.

    From the State:
    Do you know someone who’s looking for more large type books to read? The Worcester Talking Book Library can help! WTBL circulates large-type books by mail, and any MA resident with a visual, physical, or reading disability is encouraged to apply. To learn more, please check out or call 508-799-1730.

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    Miscellaneous links and cultural activities provided by magazines, museums, database vendors, etc. during the crisis, as well as fun and informative suggestions from library people

    Want to be a part of history?
    We hope to have a collection of townspeople’s thoughts and experiences during this Coronavirus crisis. Please see the Coronavirus Fairhaven page where there is a very short list of questions. Please wait till we are open before sending or bringing them in. Also VERY IMPORTANT is getting input from people who are not online, so maybe you could print out the questions and leave them with loved ones for their impressions too. Thank you!

    NEW!  Fairhaven High School Yearbooks, have been digitized and put up on the Internet Archive. The library’s collection runs from 1923 – 2019. There are a few missing. The earlier ones are not yearbooks as we think of them and don’t have photos. Digitization was made possible by the Regional Digitization in Massachusetts, funded by LSTA Grant and administered by the Boston Public Library


    Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library e-Card and have access to a lot of online resources, including magazines, database, e-books,and more.

    Fairhaven Cemetery Records
    It is designed to help users locate the graves of their relatives or other people in whom they are interested. It includes three cemeteries: Naskatucket, Riverside, and Woodside. When complete, it will contain the records of more than 25,000 burials. The information is based on cemetery records, town records, and field research at the cemeteries themselves. The database also includes cemeteries that are on private property and inaccessible to the public.

    Vital Records Fairhaven Vital Records 1844-1899
    Birth, death, and marriage records of the Town of Fairhaven. It is designed to be used by genealogists, historians, and others interested in the people who lived in our town in the nineteenth century. In addition to the dates of life events, many entries include the cause of death, names of parents and spouses, and place of birth.

    The Fairhaven Star newspaper (1879-1967)

    The digital archive is made possible by the Community Preservation Act and the Millicent Library.
    It is at

    lost LOST FISHERMEN DATABASEVisit the Lost Fishermen site from the Millicent Library archives. A database dedicated to those local fishermen lost at sea. This is an ongoing labor of love from archivist Deb Charpentier and her volunteer staff.

    The Eldred (Eldridge, Eldredge) 1635-1940 genealogy is now available in the Archives (not online). This collection is comprised of over 70 volumes that include census records and birth, death and marriage certificates. Bradford W. Luther, a local genealogist, has spent many years traveling around the country collecting and compiling this information. We are very grateful to be the recipient of Mr. Luther’s family genealogy.

    Don’t forget Bookpage!

    The Friends of the Library generously subscribe to the print edition of this book newsletter available at the desk. But on the Bookpage website, you can also read articles about books and sign up for email notifications on various categories of books that have just come out. Then you can go to the SAILS catalog and put holds on anything that looks interesting to you.

    Read about our HOTSPOT. Check it out for a week and get Internet access just about anywhere.
    NOTE: Fairhaven cardholders only

    Movies, Music and More – Instantly Available – 24/7 – Free with your Library Card!

    Borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app (available from your Apple or Google Play store) or on a computer, all borrowed content may be streamed. You may download up to 10 titles a month. (There is a library-wide daily limit, so if you get a message about it, try again after 7 PM). You can also view it via Roku or Apple TV.
    Go to Hoopla’s website.   NOTE: Fairhaven residents only for our subscription

    The town has arranged for its reports from 1854 to 2010 to be put online. There may be some missing (haven’t gone through them all yet) and there are also a couple of School Committee reports from 1848 and 1849. Books digitized through a federally funded LSTA grant (Library Services and Technology Act), through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

    Fairhaven’s Office of Tourism has uploaded some Fairhaven videos to Youtube.

    What to Read

    book-icon New York Times Best Seller Lists — all the lists you could want! A very cool site.

    History Book Club
    Contact Reference Librarian Daniel Falcone at for more information.
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