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Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports Online Available Now!
We now provide online access to Consumer Reports anywhere you have an Internet connection. Start at and follow the link on the left of the page to Databases. Or, click here

Thanks to Boston Public Library, our Framingham High School yearbooks have been digitized and are available for viewing on the Internet Archive. To view or download, visit

There are 84 Framingham High yearbooks in total, spanning from 1931-2012. (Both North and South High schools are included for the years when there were two high schools.)

Virtual Reference
Click the bookcase below to use reference ebooks from home.Virtual Reference

Free Resume, Computer, and eBook, Zinio, & Hoopla Help!
Drop-in resume, computer, and eBook, Zinio, & Hoopla help is now available upstairs in the MaiJob Searchn Library Reference Department!
Please call 508-532-5570 x4361 for details.

Drop-in Resume Help  
Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies most Tuesday mornings from 10am-12:30pm, except December 23 & 30. Please call 508-532-5570 x4361 for details.
Drop-in Computer Help
Drop-in Computer Help
Mondays 12:00-2:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am–2:00pm
Thursdays 11:00am–2:00pm
Fridays 11:00am–2:00pm 

Device Advice
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm or by appointment
Main Library Reference Desk

Drop-in to learn how to use Overdrive, Zinio or Hoopla to download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music or movies.

Bring your ereader, tablet or smartphone with you. No device? No problem! We will use a computer.

Please call the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 x4361 for more information.

Can't make it to Device Advice? Click here to submit our Device Advice Appointment Request form! We will get back to set up a time to go over Overdrive, Hoopla or Zinio.

CREATION STATION @ Framingham Public Library
The Creation Station offers access to advanced software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. Please see staff at our Reference Department to get started. The Friends of the Framingham Library graciously provided funding for much of the Creation Station.

Available software on the Creation Station:
Adobe Creative Suite 6: Photoshop CS6, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional CS6, Illustrator CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, InDesign CS6, Fireworks CS6, Extension Manager CS6, Media Encoder CS6, ExtendedScript Toolkit CS6, Adobe Bridge CS6
Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, SharePoint Workspace
More: Visio 2013, Project 2013, Visual Studio 2012, QuickBooks Premier Edition 2012, IrfanView, Windows MovieMaker, VLC, RealPlayer

Got Questions? We've Got Answers.
Do you want help doing some research? We'll help explore topics, identify quality print and electronic sources, and provide style manuals to suit every requirement.

Do you have a book about...? Yes. We have access to recommendations for readers on a wide range of subjects-many bibliographies, book review sources, best seller lists, editors choices from professional journals and virtual book stores.

Do you have local information about...? In the Framingham Room you can find extensive local history and genealogy. In addition, the library is a depository for local government documents and current information. The reference staff will guide you.

Anything else staff can do? Need a tax form, a map of Framingham, bus schedules, your local property tax assessment, travel directions, voter registration form, precinct voting locations, the weather last January, museum passes, internet access, old newspaper microfilm, job resources, the value of your car, song lyrics, a poem? 

The Reference Staff is here to help on the third floor of the Main Library. Remember to Look Here First or ask your question online at Ask A Librarian.

What's Upstairs?

The Reference Department Blog

Job Searching Guides
Helpful handouts from a recent Reference Department workshop.
Job Resources at the Framingham Public Library
Writing an Effective Resume
Helpful Job Searching Websites

For even more resources see our information guide Finding a Great Job.

Go to our databases page with your library card to take advantage of the Novelist guide to fiction for all ages; periodical indexes for magazines and newspapers; the World Book Online; and more online databases.

In addition to our own Framingham Public Library databases, you have access to additional databases at, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website. All you need is your library card number to use all of these resources.  

Boston Public Library Cards
As a resident of Massachusetts, you are entitled to register for a library card at Boston Public Library, which allows you to access BPL's many online databases. If you don't yet have a BPL card, you can register online for an ecard at This quick and simple process will instantly provide you with a library card number that allows you to use these databases.

Framingham Local History
The Framingham local history collection is located in the reference department of the main library. This collection has noncirculating materials in various formats, which contribute to a history of Framingham and its residents, past and present. Catalogued materials are listed in the online catalog by author, title, and subject. The reference staff is available to assist in the use of these materials during regular service hours. 
See our local history guides for details about this collection.
Framingham History
Framingham Oral History Videos
Framingham Genealogy
Family Genealogies
Genealogy: A Pathfinder

Local History Additions
The Reference department proudly announces two new additions to our local history collection! We have gathered a collection of more than 80 postcards depicting Framingham in an era before telephones were commonly used. If you would like to add to this collection, we would be happy to be the recipient of your old post cards. Please come take a look at the Framingham Public Library Postcard Collection (Framrm Locked Case 383.122).
We have also created a collection of many historic photographs depicting aspects of life in Framingham. The photos are stored in boxes each with subject indexes. Our long-term plan is to digitize all of these materials and make them available on the library website, but for now please visit the library and enjoy these unique collections.
View a small sampling of the historic photographs here.
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Information Guides
Information you can use: websites, books, magazines, and other library resources selected by our librarians. See the list of Information Guides on subjects from health to home repair.

Internet Use in the Library
The Main Library and the McAuliffe Branch provide free access to the Internet to anyone who has a library card.  Internet computers are available for Minuteman library card holders to use on a first-come, first-served basis for 60 minutes at a time. Monochrome ($.20/page) and Color ($.30/page) printing is available. Contact the reference department for further information about the library's Internet use policy.

Wireless Internet and Printing
The Main Library and the McAuliffe Branch provide free wifi Internet access. Read our wireless handout for details. We also have wireless printing available at the Main library.





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