Reference Services

The Reference Department is located on the main level at the far end of the Gallery from the Adult Circulation desk.  We are available to help with your research needs, including searching the OCLN catalog, the Statewide Commonwealth Catalog, downloading eBooks, document delivery, Internet searching, local historical research, and other general requests.

Business Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of Reference Sources, Journals, Newspapers, and Databases to serve the needs of the business community.  

Document Delivery

The Reference Desk can request articles from journals the OCLN network does not own, or are not available from our online databases through Document Delivery. We will submit the request to the Boston Public Library and you will receive a faxed copy available at either the Reference desk, your e-mail, or your Fax machine. 

Inter-Library Loans

Titles not available through our local OCLN Network Catalog maybe available from another library in Massachusetts through the Statewide Commonwealth Catalog.  You must have an active OCLN card in good standing to use this service. The Reference staff can help you search and request titles through the Commonwealth Catalog or locate titles out of state.


A microfilm machine is available in the Reference Room available in the Reference room. Print, scan to file, and save images to  flash drive or email. There is no charge for this service but staff should be consulted before using the equipment.  Available microfilm includes the Canton Citizen, Canton Journal, some Canton vital records, back issues of some magazines etc. You may bring in your own microfilm to view and print.  We can locate local obituaries for you if you can provide an approximate date.


Reference Librarians can help you negotiate the content of our electronic resources, provide general guidance, and give citation advice for research projects.