The digital library is always open.

The Digital Library is always open

Library Closed Through May 4, 2020

March 30, 2020 - UPDATED


Due to the present National Emergency situation, the Richards Memorial Library is regrettably making the decision to close until May 4, 2020. Some of our staff will be on board to work, but we will not be open to the public.

Although many of you prefer to have an actual book, now might be the time to explore the vast array of e-books, audibles, and digital magazines available through our website. These can be downloaded to your tablet, phone , or computer with just your library card and password ( or most people your password is the last 4 digits of your phone number- unless you have changed it).

Nearly every library in Massachusetts is presently closed and it was a difficult decision to make. However, "social distancing" seems to be the preferred manner to not have the continued spread of this virus.

If you finish your book or video , they may be returned in the book drop and we will periodically be emptying it and checking them in. However, no fines for overdue books will accrue over this period of time.

We hope you all will be healthy and safe and look forward to seeing all of you again soon. Thank you for your understanding.


OverDrive Instant Digital Card (IDC)

March 30, 2020

March 24, 2020 through June of 2020
Visit the CW MARS OverDrive collection to log in. If you do not have a library card, you have the option to access the digital collection using your mobile number. This prompt will appear on the login screen in both OverDrive and Libby.

  1. Provide your name and mobile number. 
  2. A one-time code will be sent via SMS to ensure only someone in possession of the mobile device can use the number to register. 

Why might Instant Digital Card lookups fail?

  • The patron used a non-US cell phone. The lookup only works with US mobile numbers.
  • The phone number was not registered to an address in the CW MARS service area.
  • Only one Digital Card can be registered per mobile number

Can I Access OverDrive Content Without a Library Card Number?

Yes. Although we generally encourage patrons to visit their local library to receive a physical card, we understand this isn’t always possible.

OverDrive allows access to the CW MARS OverDrive collection through the Instant Digital Card (IDC).

How do I Obtain an OverDrive Instant Digital Card (IDC)?

When you access the CW MARS OverDrive collection, either through the website or the Libby app, you will be prompted to log in. If you do not have a library card number, click to get a free one instantly using your mobile number.

You will be asked for your mobile number. This is required for access.

A one-time code will be sent via text message to ensure only someone in possession of the mobile device can use the number to register.

Using your name and mobile number, OverDrive will then look up your address using a third-party service. A Date of Birth may also be required in some instances. OverDrive does not store DoB.

If the address associated with your mobile number matches a zip code in your library’s service area, OverDrive will provide you access to the CW MARS digital collection.

Instant Digital Cards expire within one year.

How do I Sign in with an OverDrive Instant Digital Card?

You will use your mobile number to sign into OverDrive.

Why was I Unable to Receive an OverDrive Instant Digital Card?

  • You used a non-US cell phone number. The lookup feature only works with US mobile numbers.
  • The phone number was not registered to an address in the CW MARS service area.
  • You used a phone number already registered to an IDC. Only one digital card can be registered per mobile number.

OverDrive Instant Digital Card

For more information, visit the OverDrive Instant Digital Card help page. 

Free Spectrum Internet from Charter



  • For new K-12 & college students
  • For more information - call Charter at 1-844-488-8395.

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Please share this information with people you know who could benefit from this free service right now. 


Overdrive Redelivery is Now Live

March 3, 2020

We are pleased to share that hold redelivery is now live. This feature gives you more control over your holds, helping your library connect more readers to the right book at the right time.To support this feature, the auto-checkout setting has been removed from the OverDrive collection. Going forward, users will receive a notification when a hold is available prompting them to either borrow the book, select “deliver later,” or cancel the hold.


Overdrive Login

January 21, 2020

Your privacy is important to us!  We are adding more account security to better protect user privacy.

Beginning on January 21, 2020 please use your password/pin along with your library card number to access the CW MARS OverDrive collection for placing holds and checking out library econtent (ebooks, emagazines and audiobooks). 


Use the same credentials as your CW MARS account login

For more details visit the My Account help page.

To reset your account password see the Password Reset page.

For assistance, please contact the Richards Memorial Library at (508) 754-0793.


5 New Gale Databases

January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020


Residents across the Commonwealth now have access to five new research databases with topics ranging from genealogy and career transitions to science. Library databases contain vetted reliable information, making them an indispensable research tool for students of all ages who frequently turn to the internet for help with school projects. The five new databases are described below.

Career Transitions provides guidance and essential activities to both current job seekers and those investigating new career options. Key features include resume and cover letter creation support, interactive interview practice, and tools to match previous work or military experience to potential career paths.

Opposing Viewpoints covers timely issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

HeritageQuest Online  Powered by Ancestry®  provides access to more than 4.4 billion records. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

ProQuest Research Companion  helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information. 

ProQuest Science Database is a growing resource of 7.3 million full text articles from over 1,600 sources. In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature. It
supports the needs of students studying applied and general sciences. 

Databases are made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Massachusetts Library System.