Library News

Forbes Library Seeks Volunteer Applicants for new Outreach Delivery Service

Frank in the Outreach officeThe Forbes Library Outreach Delivery Service provides access to library materials for residents who are unable to visit the library because of short or long-term illness or disability.

We are currently accepting applications from residents of Northampton who wish to apply for these services, as well as from volunteers who would like to help deliver materials.

If you are interested in receiving outreach services, or in becoming a delivery volunteer, please follow the application links below.


Please complete the online Volunteer Application form.

Volunteer application





Please complete the online application form, or print, fill in and mail the printable form. If you are unable to print or complete it online, please call 413-587-1017 and request that an Outreach Delivery Service application be mailed to you. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Online application for Outreach services

Printable application for Outreach services

New streaming movie database: InstantFlix

Forbes Library is pleased to announce the availability of online streaming movie service InstantFlix: Powered by IndieFlix.

InstantFlix brings engaging stories to movie lovers around the world. Through the Forbes website, patrons can enjoy unlimited access to over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Programming includes comedies, dramas, horror, documentaries, animations, classic TV, short films, and over 40 other channels and genres.

InstantFlix also delivers films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca. To find movies, patrons simply search by language, genre or film length, and the “quickpick” feature allows patrons to sample movies like they would sample music. InstantFlix can be enjoyed on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser, and movies are also available on Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.

To get started streaming movies and video through InstantFlix, click the logo below and create a personal login and password. Please see a library staff member if you would like more information or assistance.


Free Technology Classes: Accessibility Focus

Northampton’s Forbes Library is offering a series of free technology classes for people with vision loss. Taught by Dr. Rick Ely, the classes will be held from 3:30-5 PM on the second Monday of the month. The first class will be “Keep Reading Digitally via Ear or through Larger Text” on February 8. Future classes will focus on Apple mobile apps, audio description for theater and television, and speech synthesis on personal computers. Seating is limited so preregistration is requested: contact Lisa Downing at 413‑587‑1017 or

This series of classes is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. They are free of charge and open to the public. Classes will be held at the Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060.

Forbes Library is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Lisa Downing at 413‑587‑1017 or Please let us know at least two weeks before the event if you require any special accommodations.


Elevator construction update: we are now wheelchair accessible!

The elevator is complete and has passed inspection!

New Elevator Full Height

Food for Fines, January 2016

Food for FinesDonate food at the library during the month of January and we’ll clear your overdue fines. Win-win!!

During January, patrons may pay overdue fines with canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in our community.

Suggested donation is one item for each $2 waived in fines.

We’ll be accepting food all month long. Tell your friends and neighbors!