Here are some things you might want to know how to do in and around the library. If you have any other questions, please stop by, call or send us an email. We’re here to help.
1. Get a Library Card
Fill out a library card application (pdf) and bring it to the front desk during open hours. Please bring ID or other proof that you’re a resident. Children of any age may get a library card with a parent’s permission.
2. See New Library Materials
Find out what new Books, DVDs and Audiobooks (on CD) have been added recently to the collection
3. Reserve a Museum Pass
To reserve a pass, drop by the library or call 628-4414 during open hours. Only one pass may be reserved at a time per family. Passes may be returned in the book drop.
Here’s where you can use passes…
- Berkshire Museum of Natural History & Art ,Pittsfield : Admits 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18.
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst: Admits up to 2 adults & 4 children
- Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown: Admits one adult only.
- Massachusetts Parks Pass, State wide except Nahant & Nantasket Beaches : Admits 1 car
- MASS MoCA, North Adams: Admits 2 adults and 2 kids
- Historic Deerfield, Deerfield: Admits up to 4 people
- Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton: Admits up to 8 people residing at the same address.
- Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge: Admits 2 adults for $10 each (reg. $18 each)
- Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT: Reduced admission
- Springfield Museums, Springfield: Half-price admission with each full-price admission purchased
Museum Passes provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Belding Library.
4. Use a Public Computer
Belding Library has three computers with internet access for public use.
Sign up at the library or call 628-4414 to reserve computer time.
5. Access our Wireless Internet
Bring in your laptops, tablets or smartphones and access free wireless internet anywhere in the library.
6. Find Electronic Resources for Research and Homework
Find information from Newspapers, Databases and Encyclopedias provided by the Mass Library System and the Board of Library Commissioners
7. Borrow eBooks and Audio Books
OverDrive is the network-wide collection of ebooks and audio books free for library member use. Titles in our OverDrive collection may be downloaded to a computer, transferred to a device, or accessed through an app on a smartphone or tablet. To borrow or place holds on digital titles you need a valid library card. More detailed information and links to the free software for OverDrive can be found at our digital catalog.
The Commonwealth EBook Collections (Axis 360 and BiblioBoard) are also available to you for downloading ebooks. To borrow or place holds on digital titles with Axis 360, you need to register with Axis 360. Ebooks in BiblioBoard are always available to you.
Other eBook Resources:
Project Gutenberg – a collection of over 40,000 free ebooks available in a variety of formats including some audio recordings. All Project Gutenberg titles are in the public domain or are licensed for free distribution.
ManyBooks – a collection of free ebooks in the public domain or licensed for free distribution.
LibriVox – free, volunteer read, audio books of public domain titles.
The Digital Reader – Reviews of dedicated ereaders as part of a blog about ereaders and ebooks.
8. Use our Community Meeting Room
All Ashfield residents may use the Community Meeting Room free of charge for non-profit educational, cultural and civic purposes. You may use the room for for-profit activities for a modest fee. To reserve the meeting room or for more information, drop by the library or call 628-4414 during open hours.
Please contact us if you have any other questions.
Current Volunteer Opportunities at the Library
Volunteers have always played a valuable role in helping Belding Library thrive. A huge thank you to all past and current library volunteers! We are now expanding the ways volunteers can help in the library –
*Story readers – Animated folks to read stories on a Saturday morning to young children .
*Program organizers – Creative folks with ideas for programs that would appeal to the Ashfield community and would be willing to organize and facilitate these programs with library staff.
*Teen program facilitators – Energetic folks to arrange or present programs for middle and high school age youth at the library .
If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, drop by the library, call (628-4414) or contact the library by email.