Lincoln Library Values Statement
The Lincoln Library aims to provide the highest level of service and develop responsive programming, collections, and policies. Our mission is to facilitate and nurture an environment for the exchange of ideas, to strengthen our community, and to enrich the lives of every member. With this statement, we underscore our commitment to furthering the values below.
Access: We endeavor to provide fair, free, and open access to all library services and resources while respecting the privacy of our users and their right to information.
Adaptability: We approach challenges and opportunities with an open mind and respect for others.
Culture: We protect, shepherd, and expand artistic and historical practices and records.
Diversity: We seek to support, promote, and empower a diverse and inclusive community.
Engagement: We encourage innovative connections, joyful exploration, broader experiences, self-motivated research, and learning for all ages.
Sustainability: We strive to follow practices that are socially equitable, and environmentally and economically responsible.
Approved by Library Board of Trustees May 24 2022
April 15, 2022 Update to Mask Recommendation:
Due to recent data showing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, the Board of Health members voted last night to strongly recommend that people wear masks in public indoor spaces until early May as we see how the infection rate from the new BA-2 variant evolves over the next few weeks after spring vacation. For more information please visit the Town of Lincoln webpage
Updated MLN Mobile App is now available on Apple Store and on Google Play
The Friends of the Lincoln Library in partnership with the Lincoln Garden Club have started a project to clone a successor or companion tree. The YouTube Video produced and performed by local arborist Jonathan Bransfield offers a peak into this project.
Library Trustees vote to go mostly fine free!
In recognition of the American Library's Association's 2019 Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a form of social inequity the Trustees of the Lincoln Public Library have voted to stop charging fines on overdue materials with the following exceptions:
- Items from our Library of Things
- Museum Passes
- Interlibrary loans from outside the Minuteman Library Network.
- Speed Read Titles
In order for an item to be eligible for fine free status it must be checked out here at the Lincoln Public Library. A bill for the full replacement cost will be automatically generated by the Minuteman Network if an item is not returned 42 days after the due date. Once the item(s) have been returned all costs will be waived.
As of June 12th the Library has stopped contactless pickup. For patrons who have concerns about entering the building to retrieve their holds (for example, those who are immunocompromised) the library staff is more than happy to pull any reserves you might have, check them out and bring them to you in the front vestibule. Please call the library at 781-259-8465 ext. 204 for assistance.
Looking for your next good read?
We are launching a book recommendation service -- simply fill out the form and a member of our staff will make recommendations for you. We will suggest a few titles you tell us which ones you'd like and we'll get them ready for contactless pick up. We can also recommend digital copies of books & audio books.
COVID-19: Lincoln's Digital Time Capsule
The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons, but chief among them will be the global pandemic of COVID-19. Our daily lives have been impacted, from grocery shopping to commuting and education; Lincoln schools and town offices, closed in mid-March, have been practicing social distancing and trying to protect our most vulnerable citizens. We would love to have your reflections, videos, photographs to add to our archives. We want future generations of Lincoln residents to be able to look back at the events we are living through and get a small peek of what life was like here. You can submit any item you feel representative of this time. You can submit more than once. We would like to make the items or reflections open to the public, but we will only publish them or make them available in our archives with your permission.
To add to our digital time capsule
Library's Kindles are here!
Thanks to the Friends of the Lincoln Public Library we have been able to replace our old Kindles with Kindle Paper Whites! The library has 3 Kindles in our adult department that come preloaded with recent bestsellers and also older content from earlier downloads. The Kindles go out for 4 weeks, they can't be reserved and they must be returned to the Lincoln Library directly not using the outdoor book drop or other Minuteman Library members. Feel free to check one out, they are super easy to use and have a user's manual loaded as well!
Automatic renewals will be activated for Minuteman Library materials on January 1st, 2020!
Items that are automatically renewed will have to meet the following criteria:
There are no holds on that title
Your library allows this type of item to renew
The item has not reached its maximum allowed renewals
The patron card is not blocked or expired
Patrons will be notified by email 2 days prior to due date if item can not be renewed!