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|1. Where are you located.? Can I get directions?Read more
We are at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. The Library is located on MBTA Bus Routes 441, 442, 448, 449. (Call MBTA at 617-222-3200 or visit their website at www.mbta.com .) Parking is permitted on the street, and there is a small parking lot in the back of the Library off Maverick Street.
From Boston: take Route 1A North along the coastline. Route 1A takes you through the towns of Revere, Lynn and into Swampscott. In Swampscott, follow the sign for Route 129, which is Humphrey Street. This becomes Atlantic Avenue while still in Swampscott. Once into Marblehead, go through the first traffic light (Clifton Avenue). Continue approximately one mile to the next traffic light (at Ocean Avenue). Turn left and go one block to the next traffic light. Turn right; within one block, you’ll see the Abbot Public Library on your left. Parking is permitted on the street, and there is a small parking lot in the back of the Library (enter by Maverick Street).
From Route 128: take Route 114 East through Salem, following several signs for turns. When you reach the Marblehead line, keep going essentially straight through five sets of lights. The library is on the left shortly past the fifth set of lights, on Pleasant Street. Parking is permitted on the street, and there is a small parking lot in the back of the Library (enter by Maverick Street).
|2. What materials does the Library have?Read more
You can borrow fiction and non-fiction books, videotapes, DVDs, books on tape and CD, music CDs and LPs, CD-ROMs, magazines and museum passes.
|3. What is the loan period for library materials and what are the fines for bringing back the materials late?Read more
|4. Why did the Library switch to a computerized catalog only? Why not keep the card catalog also?
We can provide many more services to you using a computerized catalog than we could using the card catalog, and the cost of maintainting both the computer catalog and the card catalog is prohibitive. We are now able to directly borrow from the collections of 27 public and academic libraries of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange). In addition, because we use a web-based catalog anyone with Internet access can use the catalog from home, office or wherever their computer is located just by visiting the NOBLE website at: www.noblenet.org . We are happy to help any customer find the book or other item for which they are searching or to demonstrate how to operate the web-based catalog.
|5. How do I use the computerized catalog?Read more
To go directly to the Noble Online Catalog, click here
Marblehead is a member of a library consortium called NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) containing 27 libraries that cooperate in many ways to provide the best library services possible to their constituencies. The libraries all share the same electronic catalog; therefore, the materials in Abbot Library are accessible through the NOBLE online catalog. Having the catalog on the Web means that library users can reach us from any computer that is connected to the Internet. If you have received a PIN number from staff members at the Library, you may renew books, cancel reserves, and place your own holds/reserves, including materials owned by other libraries. This gives you wonderful options to take advantage of whenever it is convenient to do so rather than just during library hours.
How to search the catalog by:
To find an item by keywords in title search by KEYWORD
To find an item by TITLE
To find an item by AUTHOR
To find an item on a particular SUBJECT
To find an item by AUTHOR and TITLE
|6. To which “local” newspapers does the Library subscribe? Read more
The Library subscribes to the Marblehead Reporter, the Salem Evening News, the Lynn Daily Item, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
|7. Can I use my Marblehead library card at other libraries?Read more
Yes. Library cards are good for the entire group of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) libraries. You may need to show your Abbot Library card to obtain borrowing privileges at other Massachusetts public libraries.
|8. Can I check out books on someone else’s library card, like my husband’s or my sister’s card?Read more
You may use another person’s card to check out materials if you have the library card with you. Library cardholders are responsible for materials checked out to their card, so we ask that you use your own card for books you are taking out for yourself. If you do not have a card, it takes just a few minutes to get one. Simply provide identification that confirms your home address such as a driver’s license, checkbook, voter registration card, utility bill or a postmarked envelope addressed to you at your home.
|9. What telephone books does the Library have?Read more
What telephone books does the Library have? We have many Massachusetts area telephone books, chiefly from Eastern, Central and Northeastern areas of the state. We also have a national telephone directory online which is available through the public computers in the Reference area. This website contains both residential and business telephone numbers for the U.S.
|10. Do you have a copy of the “nosey book,” the directory of residents of Marblehead?Read more
Yes. It is available at the Reference Desk.
|11. Do you have a copy of the property valuation book for Marblehead?Read more
Yes. It is available at the Reference Desk
|12. Does the Library have both Federal and state tax forms?Read more
Yes, the Library receives standard forms from the IRS from January through April. We also have the books of reproducible forms. In addition, for customers who do not have home Internet access, we can help with other forms and print copies out at the Library. If you have Internet access at home, you can go to http://www.irs.gov to obtain forms directly.
|13. Does the Library have any book clubs that I can join?Read more
Yes. The Senior Book Discussion group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 am in the Marblehead Room. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in starting your own book discussion group, the Library has materials to help you.