Public Library FAQs

How do I get a library card?

The library staff will issue a library card to any Massachusetts resident from a city or town with a state accredited library.  Proof of current address is needed at time of registration.  Children six and older may sign up for a library card in the Marjorie Hattersley Children’s Room. The card may be used at any CW Mars member library.

What types of materials are included in the library’s adult collection?

The library has fiction, non-fiction and reference books.  Special collections include Large Print books, Audiobooks on CD, DVDs, music CDs, local newspapers, magazines and museum passes.

What is the loan period?

Videos and magazines circulate for seven days.  All other materials circulate for three weeks.  Museum passes vary.  Newspapers and reference materials do not circulate.

What are the overdue fines?

  • Adult & Children’s Books, Magazines, Audiobooks and CDs: 10 cents/day
  • Adult & Children’s Videos: $1.00/day
  • Fines are calculated on a per day basis only for days that the library is open.

Can borrowed materials be renewed?

All materials, may be renewed by telephone, in person or online for one additional loan period.  The due date, author and title are needed in order to renew an item by telephone.

Can items be reserved?

All circulating items including videos may be reserved by telephone, in person or online.

When can the book drop be used?

The book drop is open when the library is closed. Returning DVDs, CDs and Museum Passes in the book drop is discouraged.   If absolutely necessary, these items should  be placed in a large padded envelope.

Does the library offer computers for public use?

In addition to two computers designated for accessing the online catalog, the library has three computers with Internet access and word processing software that patrons may use. Two are upstairs in the main library and the other in the Children's Room. There is a color printer connected to the computers at a cost of 10 cents per page.  Computers are available on a first come, first served basis.  Patrons may use a computer for 30 minutes with the possibility of an additional 30 minutes if no one else is waiting to use it.  Patrons who are in the library may get on a waiting list if necessary.  Patrons may also access the wireless internet with their own laptop computers, and adults with library accounts in good standing may use one of the library's wireless laptop computers.

Does the library have Museum Passes?

Yes, the library offers passes to several area museums to Hopedale residents.  Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance at the EventKeeper site. Many of the museums charge a fee at time of entry. Available passes are subject to change without notice. Passes currently available include: Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge); Tower Hill Botanic garden (Boylston), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Children’s Museum (Providence, RI), the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester) and the Ecotarium (Worcester) courtesy of the Friends of the Library.  Passes to the Museum of Science (Boston) and the New England Aquarium (Boston) are provided by the Hopedale Foundation.  Passes to the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) are provided by the Hopedale Cultural Council. The library also has passes to Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT), Slater Mill (Pawtucket, RI) and the Massachusetts State Parks.

Does the library offer special programs for children?

The library offers regular Story Hour sessions, a Summer Reading Program and other special events for children.  Check the web site, local newspaper or local cable channel for upcoming programs.

Does the library take donations?

The library accepts donations of books and other materials that are found on the library shelves.  Donations must be dropped off during the library’s regular hours of operation.  Donations may not be placed in the book drop.  Donated materials must be in good condition.  The library does not accept magazines, text books, condensed novels, encyclopedias or VHS tapes.  Items not placed in the library’s collection will be put in the Friends’ Book Sale.

Is the library’s collection available on-line?

Yes, the Library’s collection can be accessed here. With a CW Mars library card patrons may view the catalog, place requests and renew items online from the convenience of home.

What is the library Board of Trustees?

Three trustees sit on the library Board.  The Trustees are elected officials who each serve a three-year term.  The library Board of Trustees is the library’s oversight board and is responsible for setting library policy.  The Board meets monthly at the library.

What is the history of the library building (or, did it used to be a church?)

The Bancroft Memorial Library was built in 1898 by Joseph Bubier Bancroft in memory of his wife, Sylvia W. Thwing Bancroft. The building is of pink Milford granite with a slate shingled roof. It was designed by C. Howard Walker of the Boston architectural firm Walker & Kimball. The library was fashioned after the Merton College Chapel at Oxford. The library was dedicated and open to the public on December 14, 1899, at which time Joseph Bancroft transferred ownership of the library to the Town of Hopedale for one dollar. It has served as a public library without interruption since that time. The building is listed in the National Register and is part of the Hopedale Village National Historic District.

What is the Statue of Hope?

The Statue of Hope was a gift from Susan P. Draper to the Town. The statue is a fountain and was originally used as a drinking fountain until the State Board of Health outlawed shared drinking glasses. The statue was sculpted by the American sculptor Waldo Story in Rome of Carrara marble.

Is the Library Handicap Accessible?

There is a handicap parking space in the rear of the building, and an elevator inside.