Searching the Collection
You can search the library collection from any of five catalog kiosks in the Main or Children's Library. You can also search it from any home or Library computer with Internet access.
The complete Library Collection consists of more than four million items located at the more than seventy libraries of the SAILS Library Network.
Middleborough itself offers:
- More than 60,000 books on site
- More than 140 magazine titles
- 9 newspapers
- More than 5,000 Video DVDs
- More than 2,200 Music CDs
- More than 1,700 audio books on CD
- Museum Passes
- More than 4 million items available on request via the SAILS library network.
- Items available on request from other libraries in Massachusetts through the Commonwealth Catalog
The Middleborough Antiquarian
Available only at the Library. This is the complete collection running from the February 1959 first edition to the Spring 1998 edition. (Includes full text and pictures.) Please ask at the Reference Desk.
The Town of Middleborough is located in the heart of Southeastern Massachusett’s cranberry country and has a long history as a hub of the cranberry industry in Massachusetts. Middleborough’s Public Library serves as the repository for a collection of historical materials on the cranberry industry. The Cranberry Collection provides access to photographs, news clippings, weather maps, historic pamphlets and periodicals as well as an assortment of unpublished materials. The collection also includes the Blueberry Collection containing published and unpublished materials relating to the Southeastern Massachusetts blueberry industry.
The collection, originally shelved in "quarter barrel cranberry boxes", has been arranged and described by archivist Ernestina V. Furtado. The collection is located in the Wilfred Silvia Genealogy Room on the second floor of the Library. Funding was provided by the Wilfred M. Silvia Trust.
The Wilfred Silvia Genealogy Room provides access to a collection of works on Middleborough history, books about local families, census records, town directories from the previous century, and standard genealogical texts. The genealogy room is also home to the most complete copy of the Middleborough Gazette available on microfilm. Two Genealogy Room computers and attached, state-of-the-art microfilm scanners provide access to the collection as well as subscription access to Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest and the New England Historical and Genealogical Society online resources.
The Digital Collection
As part of its mission to meet the educational, recreational, informational, cultural and civic needs of its citizens, the Middleborough Public Library strives to make accessible to all an organized and varied collection of materials. These materials include computer and digital resources and services, as well as the more customary books and magazines.
The following historical and genealogical records are available in searchable, digital format. These materials can be accessed at most of the Library's public computers and can be searched by keyword or name. Text and photo selections can be printed.
- The Walter Thompson Slide Collection. Middleborough history in the form of 1400 annotated images taken from old postcards and photographs.