The Second Century Fund

The Abbot Public Library Second Century Fund is an endowment fund that is dedicated to supporting the Library, providing resources that ensure excellence in collections, materials, and access.

As an endowment, the permanent fund generates income to supplement, not to replace, public support provided by the Town of Marblehead, ensuring that the Library’s collections meet outstanding levels of breadth and currency that best serves its citizens. Since its inception, the fund has responded to a variety of librarian requests and initiatives: a threatening escalation in periodical prices, the first CD-ROMs, the first DVDs, and the first Audio Books for young adults, a unique art encyclopedia, and a need for updated projection/screening equipment, among many others.

The Abbot Public Library has a proud tradition of public and private support that can be traced from its beginnings in 1878 with the founding gift from Benjamin Abbot. The Second Century Fund was started in 1994 and has raised close to $750,000.00 under the leadership of Judith P. Eissner, its chair. Contributions in any amount to the fund are most welcome. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

For more information or inquiries about the Second Century Fund and the continuing endowment of Abbot Public Library, please contact Trustee, Paul Taylor at

Gifts to the Second Century Fund should be addressed to Second Century Fund, c/o Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945