Borrowing Items

Hours for Contactless Pickup and Library Grab Bags (by appointment) are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 – 6:30, Friday, 9:30 – 4:30, and Saturday 9:30 – 11:30.

Here’s how Contactless Pickup works:

Step 1:  Using your library card, place holds on materials through the library catalog, or call the library with your request.

Step 2:  You’ll receive an email once your items are ready and you’ll schedule a pickup time using the Contactless Pickup booking tool.

If you do not use email, we will call you to arrange your pickup time. Please see the Contactless Pickup FAQ for additional information about Contactless Pickup.

Here’s how Library Grab Bags work:

Step 1:  Fill out the Library Grab Bag request form.

Step 2: When your Grab Bag is ready, a librarian will contact you to schedule your pickup time. Please note, the Contactless Pickup booking tool does not work to schedule a Grab Bag pickup time. 


Homebound Delivery is currently unavailable.  To learn more about the program, please call Marie Cannon, Head of Circulation at 781-316-3242.


Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some services have changed and some circulating materials are not available. 

How long can you borrow stuff?

Item Time
Books 3 weeks
Magazines 1 week
Speed Reads 2 weeks
CDs, Audiobooks 3 weeks
Library of Things 1 week
Video Games 1 week
Children’s CDs, Audiobooks 3 weeks
Art Prints 6 weeks (limit is 2)
DVDs 1 week
DVDS – TV Series 2 weeks
Non-Fiction DVDs 1 week
Netbook Laptops 2 hours in the library
Playaways 3 weeks

1. Limits are per library card, not household.
2. Limits apply to Arlington’s Libraries only.
3. Renewable items are restricted to two renewals.


You may return any Minuteman Library Network material to either the Robbins. Our book and audiovisual drops are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The drops at the Robbins Library are located in the rear of the side parking lot on the sidewalk next to the building.


You may renew most materials twice unless another library user has requested the item. You may renew online using your pin.

By phone

Robbins Library 781-316-3200 X2 Or Fox Library 781-316-3198

Please have your library card number handy. Because we are a busy library, there may be times when you will need to call back or leave a message with your card number and request.


You are welcome to reserve library materials in person, by phone, or through the online catalog. When the items you request come in, we will notify you by telephone or email; you will be notified most quickly by email. If you would like to receive email notification, please ask the next time you are at the Circulation Desk or sign up in My account.

Overdue Fines

Most library materials can be borrowed fine-free, with the exception of non-MLN interlibrary loan material and in-library use equipment.

Item Per Day Maximum
Non-Minuteman Library Network interlibrary loan material $2.00 $20.00
In-library use equipment (laptops, keyboards, digital projector, mice) $10.00 $10.00

Lost items

You will be assessed the replacement price listed in the item record for lost or seriously damaged material.

Lost Library Card

If you lose your card let us know as soon as possible because you are responsible for material borrowed on your card until you do. To replace, visit us in person. Bring ID and the replacement charge of $1.00.