With a library card, patrons can borrow books, CDs, DVDs, videos, magazines and other items in the collection. There are public computers so patrons can surf the Internet or use Microsoft Office programs. Patrons can also read many local and state newspapers and borrow free passes for a dozen popular destinations, such as the Peabody Museum and the Mystic Aquarium.

The library gives patron access to the state library databases and the ability to request materials free from other libraries around the state. The library also subscribes to about a dozen paid databases and gives patrons access for free, including Business Info USA for job seekers, Chilton’s Car Repair, language databases to learn nine languages, and test prep courses for the SAT and numerous professional tests. Patrons can also use their home computers to access these services and many other online materials.