FAQs About the Library’s Move Back to 235 Pleasant Street

Apr 11, 2024 | Renovation Updates

In preparation for the move back to 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA, Abbot Public Library will close at 5 pm on April 27, 2024 and will be closed for about six weeks. 


Please refer to this list of frequently asked questions as a guide during this transitional period:


How long will the library be closed? 

The library will be closed from Monday, April 29 until around mid-June to allow the staff time to physically relocate materials and furnishings from one building to the other. All virtual services like databases, Libby, and Hoopla will still be available with your library card. Our Grand Opening will be announced in May. 


How can I contact the library?

We will be unavailable by phone from April 29 – mid-June. However, we will be reachable by email at marcirc@noblenet.org. We will respond as soon as possible Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Please hold onto Marblehead items only. Return other libraries’ materials to another NOBLE library.

How do I return my items while the library is closed? 

Abbot Public Library will not be accepting returned items during our closure. 

Please hold on to items owned by Abbot Public Library until we open again at 235 Pleasant Street. Items belonging to other libraries should be returned to another library in NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange). Visit www.noblenet.org/libraries to see other return locations.


Will the book drop be available while you are closed? 

No – please wait to return Marblehead items until we reopen at 235 Pleasant Street. But you should return items belonging to non-Marblehead libraries to another NOBLE library.


Can I request an item while you are closed? 

You will not be able to request items to be picked up at Abbot Public Library while we are closed. However, you can still place holds on items and request that they be sent to any other NOBLE library for pickup, such as Swampscott, Salem, or Lynn. You can place a hold to be picked up at another library by following these instructions:

  • Visit marblehead.noblenet.org and click “My Account.”
  • Log in using your library card number and password. (If you have never set your password, use the last four digits of your card number).
  • Find the item you’d like to request using the search bar, then click “Place Hold.”
  • Select another library from the Pickup location dropdown menu. If you do not change it from Marblehead, the hold will not be placed!
  • Hit “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
  • You will be notified by phone or email according to your preference when it arrives at the destination library.

Please note that items owned by Abbot Public Library will not be sent to other libraries while we are closed.


Can I still request items from outside the network?

To request an interlibrary loan, please reach out directly to one of the other NOBLE libraries. You will be able to use your Abbot Public Library card to place an interlibrary loan request with them. Please note that you will need to return interlibrary loan items to the library from which you borrowed them.


What will happen to a hold I’ve already placed? Can I still pick it up at Marblehead?

Items currently on hold that you’ve requested to pick up at Abbot Public Library will not be available. If you have existing holds, please switch the pickup location to another NOBLE library. You will not lose your place in line if you do this. To switch your item’s pickup location, please follow these instructions:

  • Visit marblehead.noblenet.org and click “My Account”
  • Log in using your library card number and password. (If you have never set your password, use the last four digits of your card number).
  • Click on the “Holds” tab.
  • In the rightmost column next to the item on hold, click “Edit.”
  • Select your preferred Pickup library from the drop-down menu.
  • Hit “Submit” at the bottom of the page.


Can I still request Museum Passes?

All our email promo codes for the following museums will be available online while we are closed:

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium 
  • Peabody Essex Museum

To reserve an email promo code, please visit tinyurl.com/Abbot-museum-pass. Please read the instructions in your email carefully for how to redeem the code and contact the museum with any questions. 

Our four physical passes will be unavailable until we reopen at 235 Pleasant Street. 


What will happen to regularly scheduled library programming while the library is closed?

Regularly scheduled library programs will resume in mid-June with the following exceptions: 

  • Virtual Event: 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group on Wednesdays, May 1 and 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/Job-Seekers-2024
  • Virtual Event: Haunted Experiences with Jeff DePaoli on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register to attend at tinyurl.com/APL-Haunted-Experiences-2024
  • Story Time A-Go-Go will be offered at Temple Emanu-El (393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945), from April 17 to June 12 from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  Check our website for updates at abbotlibrary.org/events


Will magazines and newspapers be available while the library is closed? 

Current issues of physical newspapers will not be available until we open at 235 Pleasant Street. However, Marblehead patrons with a library card are able to access magazines and newspapers online at tinyurl.com/abbot-digital-resources. Magazines are also available with other digital items in the “Libby” app. 


I want to reserve a Meeting Room at 235 Pleasant Street. Can I give you my dates now? 

No – our new meeting spaces will be available for reservation when we open the library again in June.  Please check back with us then.


Where can I find updates on the status of the library’s opening at Pleasant Street?

Visit our website at abbotlibrary.org/news/renovation-news, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @abbotlibrarymarblehead or sign up for our email newsletter at tinyurl.com/Abbot-News.


What will happen to the Eveleth School?

It will go back to the School Department to decide what happens next.