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Using the Library

Homebound Delivery

Are you or someone you know unable to come to the library? We can bring the library to you! The Robbins Library has a dedicated corps of volunteers who perform weekly delivery service to the homebound. Requests may be made for books, audio and video tapes with specific titles or on particular subjects. Many titles are available in large print format.

To arrange a visit by one of the library volunteers, please call Barbara Fulchino, Head of Circulation Services 781-316-3242.

Reading Room Rental

The Reading Room and the lobby area on the first floor in the original 1892 wing of the Robbins Library is available for rental when the library is closed.  Built in 1892 in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace as a public library for the people of Arlington, the front entrance of the library is modeled after the Cancelleria Palace in Rome. The Reading Room features a fireplace, marble mosaic floor, antique oak wall, marble columns and gold leaf accentuated arches and ceiling. This room and the adjoining lobby are perfect for small parties by individuals, groups and businesses.

Unique and classic function space available for rent.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Robbins Library maintain an ongoing book sale in the library’s fourth floor Book Sale Room. The selection is updated frequently and the books are reasonably priced.
Proceeds from the sale allow the Friends to offer the family museum pass program as well as to purchase supplemental materials and equipment for the Robbins and Fox libraries. Donations for the book sale are gratefully accepted, but we ask you to limit your contributions to one bag/box per visit, due to storage limitations.

The Friends conduct their annual book sale in conjunction with Arlington Town Day.