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Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is the semi-circle you see just upon entering the Osterville Village Library. All items must be returned to one of the two exterior book drops, or to this desk. Items may be checked out at this desk. Museum passes can be reserved and checked out at the Circulation Desk as well. Fines may be paid at this desk. Any general questions may be fielded by our Circulation Staff, they will direct you where you need to go.

Holds Self-Serve Shelf

If you have reserved an item from another library, it will be delivered via the Massachusetts Library System transit either to the library from which you placed the hold, or the library you designate when you place the hold. Holds delivered to Osterville are processed and shelved on our Holds Shelf - a self-serve system across from the Circulation Desk. All items - books, DVDs, and CDs - are shelved alphabetically by your last name. Each holds a slip with the first 4 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your library barcode number. This allows us to protect your privacy and allows you to verify that you're picking up your own items. If you have questions, please ask a Circulation Assistant.

Periodicals, in the Fireside Reading Room

We house more than 80 newspapers and magazines in the Reading Room. For a full list, visit our Periodicals page.

History Room, featuring the Cape Cod Collection

A small collection of materials dedicated to Cape Cod and the Islands. Includes historical texts, memoirs, and some classic fiction.

Adult Materials

To the left of the Main Staircase, you'll find DVDs, sorted into sections (Rentals, New Releases, Feature Films, TV Series, and Documentaries). Music CDs are categorized and shelved accoding to genre (Rock, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Country). Audiobooks, labeled as "CD Spoken," are also in this section. Biographies and Paperback Fiction and Mysteries are shelved here, as well.

To the right of the Main Staircase, you'll find many of our new materials - Books (adult Fiction and Nonfiction), CDs, and Audiobooks that have been purchased within the last six months. Beyond these shelves are our Large Print collections.

Children's Room

Our Youth Services Librarian selects the materials in the Children's Room especially for patrons 12 years and younger. You'll find Picture Books, Easy Readers, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Magazines, Parent & Teacher Materials, Nonfiction, Biographies, DVDs, Music CDs, Audiobooks, and New Juvenile Items in the Children's Library. New Items have been purchased within the last six months.


Young Adult Area

The Young Adult Area is the first thing you'll see when you go down the Main Staircase. It is specially developed by our Youth Services Librarian for teens ages 13 years and older. It includes Fiction, Grahic Novels, Audiobooks, Nonfiction, Biographies, and Magazines. There is a section of New Materials - Fiction, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, and Audiobooks that have been purchased within the last six months.

Adult Fiction, featuring Science Fiction, Mystery, & Romance

Directly behind the Main Staircase, across from the Reference Desk, is Adult Fiction. It is organized according to the author's last name, alphabetically. We have also recently separated our Science Fiction, Mystery, and Romance materials into their own areas downstairs. Science Fiction is located on the far wall across from YA, Mystery in the stacks between the Computer Lab and YA, and Romance is the first set of shelves behind the Main Staircase.

Adult Nonfiction, featuring Oversize Materials and Cookbooks

Adult Nonfiction materials are in the stacks just behind Fiction. It begins on the wall closest to the Main Staircase, and continues towards the back of the room, where the Friends Book Store is located. It is shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System, by topic. Our selection of cookbooks has been recently moved to the corner of Downstairs closest to the Elevator, across from the Friends Book Store.

Friends Book Store

The Friends of the OVL run the Book Store downstairs. For more information, visit the Friends Book Store page.

Computer Lab and Copy Center

We run a Computer Lab of 10 desktop computers and laptops right next to the Reference Desk downstairs. There are an additional 4 iMacs in the Young Adult Area for public use. All of these computers have access to the Internet, and feature basic applications, like Microsoft Office. They all have full color or grayscale printing capabilities to our Print Release station.

Directly behind the Reference Desk is the Copy Center. The Print Release station there will allow you to access, pay for, and print anything from one of the Public Access Computers in the Computer Lab, in the Young Adult Area, upstairs by the Circulation Desk, or in the Children's Room. You can also make full color or grayscale copies.

Print jobs and copies cost $0.10 per page in black and white, or $0.25 per page in full color.