What is the Auburndale Community Library (ACL)?

The ACL is a non-profit community library formed in 2009 after the closure of the former Auburndale branch of the Newton Free Library.

The ACL is open to all.

In addition to circulating books and other items, we host various community activities such as clubs, classes, and cultural events. If you have an idea for a program you would like to run, let us know!

We rely on volunteers to assist patrons and on the generosity of the community to fund our collection, events, and ongoing expenses. In fact, 100 percent of our funding comes from donations!

I thought libraries are supposed to be “free”—why do you ask for donations?

All patrons can use our library for free.  There is no fee for a library card. To maintain our services, we rely on the financial support of our community.

Unlike other libraries, the ACL receives no funding from the city or the state. Your donations help us not only to purchase books and other items, but also to license our building from the city, to pay for insurance, and to buy supplies and equipment for activities at the Library. We have been very fortunate to have the support of
many local businesses, but we also need the help of our neighbors. If you can, please donate.

Please click here for more information about voluntary donations.

Is the ACL part of the Newton Free Library?  Can I use my Newton Free Library Card here?

No. The ACL is in the former Auburndale Branch Library building, but it is no longer a branch of the Newton Free Library. Patrons of the ACL will be issued a library to borrow books and other items from the ACL.

Books and other items from the Newton Free Library cannot be returned to the ACL. Our books and other items cannot be returned to the Newton Free Library. To help distinguish our materials from those of other libraries, we have added a pink star to each item we circulate. Please look for the pink star on the bottom of the spines of our books or in another prominent place on other material.

Is the ACL part of the Minuteman Library Network?

No. The ACL is not a part of any library network. We are a small community library that circulates our on-site holdings.

Books and other items from Minuteman Library Network libraries cannot be returned to the ACL. Our books and other items cannot be returned to Minuteman Library Network libraries.

What items are in your collection?

We make a special effort to include among our books the current titles that are often difficult to borrow right away through the Minuteman Library Network because they are so popular. We also have a large collection of young adult and children’s books. In addition, there are puzzles and board games available to borrow!

Do I have to be an Auburndale resident to take books out from the ACL?

No.  Anyone who fills out a library card application and shows proof of his or her address can obtain an ACL library card.

Can I access my account online?

Unfortunately, the Auburndale Community Library cannot provide online access to individual library accounts. However, you can always check your account with the circulation desk in person or by phone during opening hours. Feel free also to leave a voicemail. One of our volunteers will return your call. Our online catalog is also always available for you to check book availability at your convenience.

How do I look for a book?

With over 14,000 books from classic children’s literature to paperback potboilers, we have a diverse selection that caters to all tastes. We also carry puzzles and board games. Just search our catalog or stop by and browse through our shelves to find a book or other item that’s right for you!

Where do you get your books and other items in your collection?

Under the terms of our license with the City, the ACL is allowed to circulate the collection of the former Auburndale Branch Library.  We also purchase books and other items with funds donated by community members.

How do I volunteer?

Thanks for asking! We rely on volunteers to assist patrons and help with activities. We have jobs to fit every schedule, even if you can’t commit to a regular shift at the library. Here are some of the ways you can help:

Library Workers: Can you help in the library during the hours we are open, even once a month?  Contact volunteers@auburndalelibrary.org to add your name to our schedule and find out about volunteer trainings.

Activity Leaders: Do you have an idea for a club or activity you’d like to lead at the ACL?  It could be a book group, a knitting circle, a lecture or an art class.  Contact activities@auburndalelibrary.org to ask about using the library.

Committee Members: Are you good with budgets?  Can you maintain our website?  Are you a fantastic fundraiser?  Can you write a successful grant proposal?  We need help in all areas. To volunteer, contact info@auburndalelibrary.org.

Does the ACL accept donations?

Yes!  We are grateful to accept monetary donations.  Please click here for more information.

The ACL is also happy to receive donations of items in good condition that we can use. If would like to donate books, preferably published within the last year or two, please contact us at info@auburndalelibrary.org. For information about donating books, see our general acquisition guidelines.

Does the ACL stay open during school snow closings and other inclement weather?

Generally, when the Newton schools close because of snow or other inclement weather, the ACL closes. On weekends, we usually follow the lead of the Newton Free Library, and close if it closes. We will try to announce any closings on our website and on our Facebook page. You may also call the Library at 617-552-7158 to ask if we are open in the event of snow or other inclement weather.

May I use the library space for a meeting?

Please click here for the library’s space use policy.

Contact us!

We’d love to hear from you!