Collection Overview

We strive to maintain a collection of current high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats for Lowell residents. Our library is part of the MerrimackValleyLibraryConsortium, so if we don’t have what you’re looking for we can often request it from another member library. We also offer Interlibrary Loan Services.

Donations of Books or Other Items

As stated in our Materials Selection Policy - donations of books and materials to the library are welcomed, with the understanding that the same criteria of selection will be applied before adding donated materials to the collection. Those materials not selected will be refused or sold or donated to the Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library for disposal. Donations which are accompanied by qualifying instructions as to disposition, housing or use may or may not be accepted. The library cannot be responsible for the appraisal of gifts for income tax or any other purpose. If you have any questions or would like to offer a donation of books or other materials please contact Susan Fougstedt, Assistant Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The following is a partial list of the types of physical materials we have for you to access or borrow. For more information about online databases, ebook and audiobook downloads please visit our Electronics Resource page. And for local history material please visit our Local History Section.

Audio Books

Location: 1st Floor Reading Room.
A large selection of new and best seller audio books are available in CD, MP3, and handheld Playaway formats.

DVDs

Location: 1st Floor (General), Ground Floor (Childrens).
New and classic feature films, TV series, Documentaries, Health,  History and National Geographic DVD’s are available for checkout at no charge.

Foreign Language

Location: Location: 1st Floor Stacks
Fiction, non-fiction, biography books, audio books, and DVD’s are available in a variety of languages including African languages, Chinese, French, Hindi, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.  (Not all formats are available in all languages).

Large Print

Location: 1st Floor Stacks
Our large print fiction, non-fiction, and biographical books are located in the 1st floor stacks. Look for the L.P. call number.

Local History Collection

Location: 2nd Floor Reference Room
We have a large collection of materials related to local history. For more information about holdings and access to these materials please visit our Local History page.

Magazine/Newspapers

Location: 1st Floor Reading Room, 2nd Floor Reference Room, Mezzanine (Back Issues)
We maintain subscriptions to local and national daily newspapers (everything from The Lowell Sun to the New York Times) and a variety of general interest magazines. The majority of our magazines and newspapers are kept on the 1st floor with the notable exception of the Wall Street Journal located in the 2nd Floor Reference Room. Back issues of most newspapers are kept on the Mezzanine.

Microfilm/Microfiche

Location: 2nd Floor hallway outside Reference Room

 

Lowell Sun (D)

Microfilm 1878-

Time Magazine Microfiche

Microfilm Jan 1948-Dec 1967 Microfiche  Jan 1968- date

Newsweek Microfilm

Microfilm Jan 1949-Dec 1968 Microfiche : Jan 1969-date

New York Times Microfilm

Microfilm Sept 1851-Dec 1999   Index  Sept 1851 - Dec 1999

US News  World Report Microfilm

Microfilm: Jan 1948-Dec 1967  Microfiche: Jan 1968 -date

We have four microfiche readers available for public use. Print copies are .25¢ per page. If you need assistance please inquire at the 2nd floor reference desk.

New Materials

Location: New Books: 1st Floor in alcove near computers
DVDs: 1st Floor (General), Ground Floor (Childrens)
Audiobooks: 1st Floor

Each month a listing of new books, audio and video materials is prepared for the convenience of our patrons. You may pick up a copy at the public desks of the library or click here for the current list.  If you have a suggestion or request for a particular item please fill out the suggestion form on our Research overview page or tell us in person at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

New Reader

Location: 1st Floor Stacks
Our New Reader collection offers materials for adult learners and supports our adult literacy program.  The collection is arranged by theme and includes categories such as citizenship, conversation, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.  Materials are designed for adults learning to read or speak English.  The collection contains books, CDs, and DVDs.  Look for the N.R. call number.  If you are interested in learning more about our adult literacy program, please visit our Adult Literacy page

Rentals/Hot Titles

Location:

Hot Title Books: 1st floor near Circulation Desk. Hot titles are marked with a sticker on the spine. Hot Titles are free to borrow for 7 days. No renewals or reservations.

Rental DVDs: 1st Floor in smaller bookcase near other DVDs. Rental DVDs are marked with a sticker on the spine. The DVD rental fee is $2.00 for 7 days.   No renewals or reservations.

Teen/Young Adult

Location: 1st floor near Merrimack Street Entrance
We have set aside a teen/young adult area with fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and other age appropriate materials. The fiction collection is arranged by genre (adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, etc.) We’ve also put in some comfy couches and chairs so teens can feel comfortable curling up with some manga or the latest vampire novel. For more information about teens at the Pollard please visit our Teen page.

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