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SUDBURY – The Library Director and Board of Library Trustees, in consultation with the Town Manager and Director of the Board of Health, have decided that the Goodnow Library will close from March 16-March 29, announced Library Director Esme Green today, March 13.

“We will be monitoring the situation daily, but plan at this time to reopen on March 30,” said Green in an email. “We know that this is an inconvenience for many of you, but we believe that this is the best way to preserve the health and safety of the public and the staff.  We will remain open during out regular hours this weekend for material pickup.”

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During the two-week closing, our book drops will be open, said Green.

If, however, you have been exposed to COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms, please hold onto your library materials until you are well and out of quarantine, said Green.

The library will waive your overdue fines and extend due dates. Please don’t worry about fines. This applies even if you simply feel safer staying home. 

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The library staff will be available by phone (978-443-1035) and by email ( from 9-5, Monday-Friday. We have many resources, below, that are available to you from any computer, tablet or smartphone. 

Hoopla: for eBooks, digital audio books, comic books, TV, movies, and music with no waiting lists, try Hoopla. You can access Hoopla from or through the Hoopla Digital App. 

Libby/OverDrive: Overdrive and Libby offers patrons unlimited access to digital books, audiobooks, and magazines. The Overdrive app or also has a collection of streaming video.

For mobile devices, we recommend the free Libby app as the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines. Overdrive/Libby has an extensive collection of content, but you might find that some titles are already checked out by other patrons- that’s OK, just place a hold. 

Kanopy: Kanopy is a collection of thousands of instantly-available movies, shows, and documentaries that can be streamed online, through the Kanopy app, or through a number of streaming devices. Compatible systems include Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Kanopy offers classic films from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, independent and world cinema, and curated lists. To get started, go to or download the app on your mobile device. 

Additionally, we offer a variety of databases here , including access to popular resources like the New York Times and Mango Languages and Consumer Reports. 

You must have a library card and pin number to access these services. If you are experiencing trouble with accessing any of our digital library services, please call the library at 978-443-1035.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.