Shrewsbury Public Library announces enhanced services

Shrewsbury Public Library

Shrewsbury – Priya Rathnam, the director of the Shrewsbury Public Library, has announced the library is now enhancing some of its services. Patrons can place holds on books, audiobooks, CDs, video games, or DVDs through the C/W MARS system. Items that belong to Shrewsbury or other libraries can be selected. Up to 10 holds can be placed on one library card.

Starting now, patrons can pick up their holds in the library. The west entrance will be open and the holds will be on tables in the hallway. Holds will be arranged in alphabetical order by patrons’ last names, and can be checked out using the self-checkout machines. Patrons will then follow directional signs to exit the building from the main north entrance.


Patrons are asked to remember – 

  • Holds will only be ready 72 hours after the receipt of an email notice.
  • Patrons must have the library card associated with the hold.
  • Due to safety concerns for staff and patrons, this will be a no-contact transaction. Staff will not be able to assist patrons in person, but will be available to help via phone at 508-841-8609, x2 or x3.
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask and maintain a 6 foot distance from others while in the library.
  • No browsing is allowed at this time.
  • Patrons who need special assistance such as curbside pickup service can call the library at 508-841-8609 x3.


Days and hours of service:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4:30 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. 
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


To cancel your previously scheduled appointments, call 508-841-8609, x2 or x3 or email .


Items belonging to any C/W MARS library can now be returned on the following days and times:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


There will be a black bin outside the main entrance near the automated drop-off machine that says “Returns” where materials can be dropped off Monday–Thursday and Saturday.

The automated drop-off will only be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All returned items must be quarantined and will not be checked in for 72 hours.