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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Library Services
Patricia Rogers

235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA  01945

Main Number:

Reference Department:

Recorded Hours:

fax 781-639-0558

Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed during summer months
The Abbot Public Library provides a wide variety of entertaining and educational programs suitable for children through senior citizens. Book and discussion groups are held at the library.  The Virginia Carten Gallery displays artwork by local artists and is open to the public during library hours.  Training in the use of computers and an introduction to the Internet is offered at various times. Meeting rooms are available to the public. The Marblehead Room contains a variety of written material about Marblehead and its history. Extensive programs for children are hosted in the Children's Room.

Museum and Other Passes

Passes to numerous museums are available through the Abbot Public Library. Passes circulate for one day. Passes may be reserved for a particular day by calling 781-631-1481, or in person. Passes may be picked up the day you are visiting the museum and are sometimes available the evening prior to your museum visit. Please check with staff when you reserve the pass. Museum memberships are provided by the Friends of the Abbot Public Library and include passes to DeCordova Museum, Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum, John F. Kennedy Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum and Zoo New England. Passes are especially useful for families with children. See the library website for links to the museums.

For Children
Located on the lower level, the Children's Room serves children form birth to early adolescence. The library provides story, music, writing, and arts and crafts programs. The Children's Room has five computers for catalog searches, homework and games. The collection includes picture book, early readers, novels, nonfiction, music and stories on tape and CD, CD-ROMS and parent and teacher resources

For Teens
Teens have a special room with a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and reference books specifically selected for their use. There are a number of computers available to teens and electronic resources that support their research and provide homework help. The library also offers reading programs for teens and fun activities including reading raffles, review contests, film festivals and speakers. In addition, the library works with teachers in Marblehead to support the assignments they give their students. The library welcomes teens who would like to give back to their community by volunteering here at the Library. If interested, please email Mary Farrell.

For Seniors
Abbot Public library welcome seniors and provides a number of special services with you in mind:
  • Large Type: The library has a growing collection of large print books and periodicals as well as books-on-tape or CD’s for those who have a reduced ability to see.
  • Tax Help: From February through April 15 each year, the Library hosts tax preparers from the A.A.R.P. who assist seniors in preparing their tax returns for free. This tax help is available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 PM. during the tax season.
  • Computer Classes: Two computer classes are offered in which seniors are the predominant students. Call 781-631-2554 to register.
  • Connecting: Our Connecting program for the homebound is used largely by seniors. The program matches a volunteer with a homebound person in need of Library materials. The volunteer delivers the materials directly to that person and often spends time visiting with them as well. Persons interested in being a recipient or a volunteer for the Connecting program should call the Library for an application at 781-631-1481 or request an application by email. Please specify whether you would like to be a recipient or a volunteer. Send email to Elaine McGrath.
  • Book Groups: The Adult Book Discussion Group meets at the Library every third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Marblehead Room or the Secret Garden. New members are always welcome.