As we end of the academic year, we thought it would be useful to highlight other great library services available to members of the WPI community. Both the Worcester Public Library and the Boston Public Library have expansive collections to support your summer reading and a range of enjoyable activities.
Worcester Public Library (WPL)
If you are looking a “library change of pace,” the Worcester Public Library (WPL) has locations throughout Worcester and a wide collection of popular novels and movies. Any resident of Massachusetts is eligible for a library card, and with WPL’s online application, obtaining your card is quick and easy. Additionally, if you’re not a resident of Massachusetts you can still obtain a WPL card by getting an ARC card from the Gordon Library - which means the entire WPI community can freely use the WPL. Also, if you would like to use the WPL’s collection but don’t want to stay on campus you can always use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
Not only does the WPL offer free museum passes, but they also have a wide range of activities from movie screenings to book swaps, to poetry slams. The WPL is also a great off-campus place to study or work.
Boston Public Library (BPL)
The Boston Public Library is not only a great place to visit, but also provides Massachusetts residents a number of important online resources. The entire WPI community is eligible for a BPL library card, which provides access the the BPL’s physical and virtual collection. If you’re unable to visit one of the BPL’s branch libraries, you can apply for a eCard online. The process is fairly simple and took my roughly 10 minutes to obtain.
With only an eCard you can access a lot of great content online by using the BPL’s electronic resources. The BPL has subscriptions to a number of databases not available at WPI like Archive Americana, North American Women’s Drama, Mergent Online, and D&B Million Dollar database. All of these resources nicely supplement our collection and are useful for leisurely endeavors as well as for research.