• Do your research online

       Search Gale Virtual Reference Library, for
       school or work related research

       Job & Career Accelerator can help prepare
       resume, cover letter, interview, find and apply
       for jobs

  • 24/7 Access to library resources online

      The Holyoke Public Library has electronic resources
       to help you and your children, from reading
       local newspapers, e-books and magazines,
       to listening to music or recorded books, to helping

       your students with their online home assignments.

       And while your children are working on their
       school work, why not take

       an online non-credit course, get ahead
       by earning Continuing Education Units/Credits
       or prepare for a new career or new job, learn
       a new language with your children, learn
       to play a musical instrument together, or be creative
       and have fun with online instructional videos.

  • Stay connected with your digital library

      Electronic resources to help you and your children,
       from reading local newspapers, e-books and
    , to listening to music or recorded books,
       to helping your students with their
       online home assignments.

       And while your children are working
       on their school work, why not take an
       online non-credit course, get ahead by
       earning Continuing Education Units/Credits
       or prepare for a new career or new job,
       learn a new language with your children,
       learn to play a musical instrument together, or
       be creative and have fun with online instructional

  • 2020 U.S. Census

      April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for
      the 2020 Census. When completing the census,
      you will include everyone living in your home on
      April 1, 2020. Census Day will be celebrated with
      events across the country.

    Important dates

    • March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
    • Video Guide to Completing Census -- English
    • Video Guia para Completar el Censo -- Spanish
    • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
    • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • Tax Forms

       Do you need to print a tax form? Click here to
       access the IRS Forms and Publications
       directory. You can also order federal forms
       directly from the IRS here.

       Click here to access the Massachusetts
       DOR tax forms and instructions.


    Massachusetts and Federal Taxes: MA DOR and IRS have extended both the tax filing and the tax payment deadline from the traditional April 15 to July 15.

  • All ages audio book database

    Available until August 31, 2020

  • Collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

    Available until August 31, 2020

  • PBS LearningMedia


       PBS LearningMedia, your free go-to site for supplemental
       resources for distance learning. PBS LearningMedia
       offers a wide array of standards-aligned resources for PreK-12 across the

  • Surgeon General Social Distancing -- Slow the Spread

  • Protect Yourself -- Stay at Home

  • Children can link to any book on TumbleBooks' website!

      Click Index for lists all of the titles in the collection, and you can sort it by Title, Author, Type, or AR number if you wish! You can also jump to a specific letter of the alphabet by clicking on the letters in the “Jump to” line.

  • Summer Reading Program 2020


     Register today for the Summer Reading  Program, running from June 29th to August 11th! Challenges are available for children, teens, and adults, and you have the chance to win badges, tickets, and prizes just for reading!

    Register on our Beanstack website or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app today.

  • Gr 7-12 ebook database

    Available until August 31, 2020

  • K-6 children's ebook database

    Available until August 31, 2020

  • K-6 math ebook database

    Available until August 31, 2020

  • Book Bundles for Kids

    The Children's Room is now offering Book Bundles through our curbside pickup service! Each bag has a selection of books from a certain genre or theme that we think you'll love,

    Please call the Children's Room at 413-420-8105 or email cpope@holyokelibrary.org to get yours today!

  • Download e-books and audio-books

       For books, recorded books, and magazines   
       through OverDrive  (download Libby App) or

       E-books through Freading – (download
       Freading App)

      LEA: Your New eBook Program  Find eBooks, Audiobooks,
       and more on demand


  • Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners' Consumer Portal

      Public portal​ for statewide
    about libraries, library
      services, and
    access to statewide
      licensed resources.

  • Collaborate -- Throw Wipes in the Garbage!

       The SUEZ company encourages all residents across
       North America to remember the toilet is not a trash can.




  • City of Holyoke Online Services

      Assessor Field Cards -- view parcel information for each
      property within the city
      Pay Taxes -- manage and access your City of Holyoke
      tax accounts      
      Pay Parking Ticket -- paying parking tickets online with a
      credit or debit card
      Pay Vital Records -- payment for vital records online
      Pay Water and Sewer -- payments for Water and Sewer
      Pay Your Holyoke Gas & Electric Bill -- view and pay bills online
      Property Viewer -- access to the City's property record 
      Receive Emergency Notifications -- Sign up today! Be prepare before, during and after an emergency
      Report An Issue -- track and report non- emergency problems, with SeeClickFix, an online and mobile app
      You can now license your dog online! -- epay.cityhallsystems.com/selection

Grab & Go Craft Kits for Kids

Sock Puppets

The Children's Room will begin offering free Grab & Go Craft Kits through our curbside pickup service starting on Tuesday, July 7th! Our first craft kit provides all of the materials necessary to create a homemade sock puppet, all you need to supply are scissors and some form of glue!

We will be offering more craft and remote learning kits throughout the summer, so keep an eye out!

10 craft kits are available and are first come first serve. To claim a kit, please email our children's librarian Charlie at cpope@holyokelibrary.org or call the Children's Room at 413-420-8105!

Summer Reading Program 2020


Register today for the Holyoke Public Library's Summer Reading Program on Beanstack!

Running from June 29th to August 11th, there are challenges available for children, teenagers, and adults. By logging how many minutes you read over the summer and participating in challenge activities, you have the chance to earn badges, tickets, and prizes!

For more information about what challenges are available to you, please visit our Beanstack website or download the Beanstack Tracker app and register through the Holyoke Public Library. Those unable to use the online platform can register for the summer reading program by calling the library at 413-420-8105.

Thank you for your support!


The Holyoke Public Library working to reopen in phases

Holyoke Public Library Update

As Massachusetts businesses start to re-open with a phased-in approach, during Phase 1 the Holyoke Public Library employees will be preparing for getting library materials into your hands with our Curbside Service starting Monday, June 15. We will continue to prepare for next phase of reopening some of our public service areas for walk-in transactions. Please check back frequently as this up-to-date information on the hours, available access and services, may change periodically.

The Holyoke Public Library will be adhering to the latest public health guidance, including mandatory physical distancing policies and mandatory face coverings within our library buildings – for both our employees and our patrons. We ask that our library visitors respect these public health guidelines.

When the Holyoke Public Library does open for the public, we will continue to follow newly established health guidelines. To ensure that we do not exceed the allotted capacity of our building as mandate, a ‘greeter’ will  monitor customer flow and we will have clear instructions and signage posted to assist visitors in complying with appropriate physical distancing guidelines. All public service areas will have cleaning and sanitation procedures, and we will continue to be vigilant with hand-washing and other personal protective measures, Read more


At Home Learning

Online Resources

  "Please note that the materials presented below
resources available on a number
  of Federal agencies' websites are being provided
  for your convenience as a potential resource for
  parents, students, schools, teachers, and other
  educators to use during this challenging time.

  They were not developed by the U.S. Department of
  Education, and we do not control or guarantee the
  accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this
  information. Furthermore, the inclusion of any hyperlinks
  and the content presented is not intended to convey their relative importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered. The Department does not control, direct, or encourage any particular curriculum or the information related to the curriculum. The use of materials or information by a school or educator is strictly a State and local matter."

Department of Defense: Learn about careers in STEM fields

Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: Kids' Zone

Department of Energy: Games and Activities; Virtual Field Trips to National Energy Labs

Environmental Protection Agency: Games, Quizzes, and Videos about the Environment

The Library of Congress: Presentations and Activities to Help Students Learn about History

NASA: Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System, and Universe;  Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space;  STEM Activities for Students of All Ages

The Kennedy Center:  Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon

The Smithsonian: Free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations; Meet the Animals of the National Zoo; 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours; Smithsonian Magazine Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit; The Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour; Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum; Distance Learning Resources

NOAA: Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment

USGS: Learn from Home About Physical science, Geography and Maps

Newspapers Online

Explore our new full-color image edition of The Springfield Republican! All you need is a Holyoke library card number.

This digital archive replaces the physical microfilms covering from May 1, 2018 through the current date. Archival issues prior to May 2018 are available on microfilms in the Holyoke History Room. Please contact us for assistance

Other Massachusetts newspapers can be access here.

Electronic Books (e-Books) and Magazines

OverDrive/Libby Tutorial

e-Books Collection

e-Magazines Collection

Kids Collection

Teens Collection

Freading Tutorial



Online Courses and Continue Education Classes

Online Non-Credit Courses Tutorial


Online Continuing Education Courses Tutorial

Learn New Skills

Language, Music, Arts & Crafts

Rocket Languages Tutorial


ArtistWorks Tutorial

CreativeBug Tutorial

Listen to Music and Recorded Books

OverDrive Audiobooks Collection


Freegal Music Tutorial