Fall River Public Library owns approximately 200,000 items, including print and digital media. It is part of a regional system called SAILS, offering members access to resources from more than 70 libraries.
Free or reduced-price passes to local musuems and attractions are available at the Circulation Desk of the Main
Library. Borrowers 18 years of age and older may borrow one pass at a time. Please book passes in advance to assure availability. You can check
availability and reserve passes online through the Ticketkeeper page, or by calling 508-324-2700, ext. 2.
Some other SAILS libraries allow borrowing of their museum passes. Click here for a complete list.
Passes may be picked up the day before (but please call first to make sure
it has been returned). If you no longer need a pass, call to cancel so others can use it.
Museum passes must be returned to the Circulation Desk
by 7 P.M. the day after use, except for Fridays and Saturdays when passes must
be returned by 5 P.M. An overdue fine of $5 per day will be
charged for late passes.
Please do not return passes to the bookdrop. Returning passes in the bookdrop will incur a fine of $1 and may result in
the revocation of borrowing privileges.
Returning Borrowed Items
Most borrowed items may be returned to
any Fall River Library branch or any SAILS library. A book drop at the Main Library is open at all hours for the
return of books only. Other items, such as videos, CDs, and DVDs are more
vulnerable to damage and must be returned inside the library.
Museum Passes, Virtual Catalog and Interlibrary Loan items borrowed through the Fall River Public Library must be returned here in Fall River.
Two meeting rooms are available for use by both profit and nonprofit groups. There is a $5 fee for nonprofit groups; for-profit groups are charged a $50 fee.
Meeting rooms must be booked in advance. No booking is final until the fee has been received. A complete policy and application sheet can be viewed and printed here.
Click here to book a meeting room online. For questions about scheduling, contact Liane Verville, Assistant Library Administrator.
Photography and Filming
Amateur photography is allowed in the library within certain guidelines. Professional photography or filming is allowed only with permission of the library administration.
Download the library's Photography and Filming Policy for details.
Computer and Wi-Fi
The library offers open Wi-Fi access and public computers available from opening until one half-hour before closing. A library card is required to reserve internet computers. The library supports free public access to the web. Download our Internet Policy for more detail.
Holds: If you want an item that is out or owned by another SAILS
library, you may place a hold yourself through the SAILS e-catalog or ask a reference librarian for
assistance. It will be delivered to any SAILS member library that you specify.
Commonwealth Catalog and Interlibrary Loan: If Fall River or another
SAILS library does not own the book or magazine article you need, you may be
able to reserve it through the Commonwealth Catalog, an online
catalog of public and college libraries throughout
Massachusetts. Items not available in either SAILS or the Commonwealth
Catalog may still be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.
staff can assist you with hard-to-find items. Ask a librarian, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When they arrive, interlibrary loans are held at the reference desk.
A SAILS library card must be presented to borrow
library materials and to access library computers. Library cards are issued free of charge to Massachusetts residents at the
library's circulation desk. Just complete a registration form and present a
license or other picture ID.
Kids and teens: Children under 12 must register for cards in the children's room. Teens age 13-17 should register at the circulation desk. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their card.
Out of state cards: Residents of other states (including Rhode Island) may obtain a SAILS library card under certain circumstances. Ask at the circulation desk.
Any Massachusetts resident or visitor may use Fall River Public Library's
resources in the library. Out-of-state visitors may obtain a temporary guest pass to use internet computers upon presenting ID.
There is a $5 fee for the replacement of lost library
The library has several public display cases for
displaying books, collectibles, artwork and other exhibits. We welcome displays from nonprofit
organizations, individuals and community groups.
To read the Library's
Exhibit and Display Policy and access a Display Application, click here
Programs and Book Sale
The library sponsors free programs for adults and
children. These include movies, concerts, readings, crafts,
story hours, and many others. Visit our Calendar
The Friends of the Fall River Library operate a year-round bookstore in the library and also sponsor special sales.
Contact the circulation desk at 508-324-2700, ext. 2.
Books and Magazines: 2 weeks
E-books: 1-3 weeks
Audiocassettes and Compact Discs: 2 weeks
Non-fiction videos/DVDs: 2 weeks
All other videos/DVDs: 4 days
Museum passes: 2 days
Book Buddies: 1 week
Science Explorer Kits: 3 weeks
Interlibrary Loan Items (outside SAILS system):
1 month, or as determined by lending library
Borrowers of videos, Science Explorer Kits, or
museum passes must be at least 18 years old. Teacher and vacation loans are also available.
Videos/DVDs: 5 per person
Book/cassette combinations: 2 per person
E-books: 6 per person
Book Buddies: 1 per family
Museum passes : 1 per family
Compact Discs and Audiocassettes: 5 per person
Video Games: 2 per person
Puzzles: 2 per person
Science Explorer Kits: 1 per person
Commonwealth Catalog: 20 per person
Interlibrary Loans: 5 per person (includes on-order and checked-out)
Library materials may be renewed in person, over
the phone, or online from home using e-catalog. If there is no waiting list and materials are not overdue,
you may renew books, compact discs, audiocassettes, and non-fiction videos
Fiction videos, DVDs, Science Explorer Kits and Commonwealth Catalog
items may not be renewed.
Interlibrary loans (out of network): may sometimes be renewed at the discretion of the lending library. Renewal must be requested before due date.
The library offers a choice of email, text message, or voice notification for overdue items and available holds.
Books and other materials:10¢ per day; maximum $2 per
Videocassettes and DVDs: $2 per day; maximum $10 per item
ILL/Commonwealth Catalog loans: $1.00 per day; maximum $10 per item
Book Buddies: 50¢ per day
Museum passes : $5 per day
Science Explorer Kits: $5 per day
Non-book items returned in bookdrop: $1.00 per item
Lost or damaged material: List price plus
$2.00 processing fee.
Copying, Faxing, Printing and Scanning
The library has a copy machine available to the public in the reference area. Black & white copies are $.25 per page.
Printing is available from library computers. Both black & white and color prints are $.25 per page. Computer users are responsible for all pages printed, so ask for help if you are not sure.
A scanner is available in the Reference Room. There is a charge of $2 per use (multi-page documents allowed).
A fax machine is available in the reference department for outgoing faxes only. The fee is $1 for the first page and $.50 for additional pages.