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Front Door Pick-Up Service

MPL Front Door Pick-Up Service

Please feel free to place holds in the library catalog right now to take advantage of this new service.  Once you are notified that your holds are ready, then you can schedule a time for pickup on our Event Calendar.  At your allocated pickup time, your item(s) will be in a labeled bag at the library’s front door.  Only one pick up time is required; library staff will make every attempt to include all of your available holds in a single pickup.

If you cannot make your scheduled time, please call or email the library by the end of that day to reschedule your pickup, so that your materials are not returned.

We have limited staff in the library, working within social distancing guidelines, so it may take longer than usual to process your requests, but we are excited to get physical library items back into your hands!

Effective August 3rd, we are expanding the service capacity! Front Door Pickups will now be between 10:30am – 4:30pm every Monday through Friday!

We are now accepting returns should you wish to bring your material and leave it in the library’s outdoor book drop. We have checked in over 10,647 items so far!! Please be aware that check in of your material will be at least seven days after the return (fines will not be assessed during this time).

Questions? Give us a call at 781-665-2313, or email us at

Temporary Library Card

Melrose residents who do not currently have a library card, but would like access to our online resources, please call (781-665-2313) or email ( with all of the following information:

– Full name
– Street address
– Telephone number
– Email address
– Birth date

You will receive a temporary library card number and PIN via email, which will allow you to access our online services that require a card. This card will expire in three months.  Upon re-opening, we will revert to our normal procedures.  Temporary card holders will be able to come to the library with their photo ID and proof of address to convert their temporary cards to permanent cards.