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Recreational reading encompasses fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels available for check out in Clapp. 

Need a break? Try something just for fun! Remember, you can also request that we purchase something for the collection or you can find something online from a public library.

Books at Wellesley

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Public Library Access

Boston Public Library

Wellesley community members may sign up for a Boston Public Library ecard online from within the United States.

A BPL card grants you access to:

  • Stream and check out e-books, audiobooks, and more.
  • Use Hoopla, which gives you access to movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and comics for online streaming or download to mobile devices, with no waiting lists
  • Use databases Wellesley does not purchase access to like Sabin Americana, Latino Literature, and more

Wellesley Free Library

Wellesley community members are automatically registered for an account at the Wellesley Free Library, the local public library that is a part of the Minuteman Network of libraries.

A WFL e-card grants you access to:

  • E-books, audiobooks, and more to check out and download
  • Streaming video and text content on Kanopy and Hoopla