Message to the Marblehead Community from the Abbot Public Library – Current and Upcoming Services

As we begin our third month offering curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to safely borrow books, DVDs and other tangible items from our collections, we have been gratified by your very positive response to this structured individualized service. Most recently, funds generously provided by the Friends of Abbot Library have allowed us to add a new online system, to our curbside service, providing the ease and convenience of scheduling your pickup time, yourself, online. 

Looking ahead, health and safety priorities for both patrons and staff, in the new world of COVID-19, will continue to guide all our decisions regarding the introduction of in-building services. We envision this process as gradual and selective, to include browsing of newly acquired materials, access to computers and printers, and availability of copiers – all by individual appointment. We are eager to open our doors to you and are working hard to prepare our spaces and design procedures to safely offer these services, while continuing our curbside service in a more sheltered setting, as the weather turns cooler.

The date we reopen for in-building services (which will be by appointment only) will depend on the timetable for two major projects being undertaken to protect the health of patrons and staff.

We expect that our building will be ready for initial in-building services in the second half of October. The actual date will be largely dependent upon the timetable for two major projects being undertaken to protect the health of patrons and staff. One project is the fabrication and installation of plexiglass enclosures for all four of our public service areas. The second is the thorough cleaning of the library’s air circulation duct system, which will significantly improve both air flow and air quality. 

To help us in making sure that we use our limited resources to best match our users’ service priorities, we have created a survey for you to give us your input. You will be able to access this survey via the link on our websitewww.abbotlibrary.org — as an attachment to the email being sent to all our active Marblehead cardholders, and, in paper format, in our curbside service location at the back entrance to the Library. Please take a few minutes to complete and return our survey. Your valued responses will guide us, as we move forward! 

We sincerely thank you for your patience and support as we reshape our services to meet your needs, in this unprecedented time.

Online Registration for Curbside Pickup Now Available!

We have now made it even easier to pick up your library items. Once you receive a notification that your items are ready for pick up, simply click on the registration link in your notice to be brought to our events calendar, or visit abbotlibrary.org and click on the “Curbside Pick-Up” button. From there, choose the time slot that works best for you and hit “Register.” Please read the instructions carefully — we are constantly updating our curbside pick up service to better serve you — and fill out the registration form as completely as possible. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirming your appointment time. Should you need to cancel your appointment, it’s as easy as clicking on the cancellation link in your confirmation email.

Items will continue to be placed outside of the rear entrance of the library in labeled bags. Bags will be set out at the start of your appointment slot, and will remain outside for a half hour. We appreciate your mindfulness of social distancing requirements while picking up your items.

Appointment slots are available Monday through Friday from 2:00 – 5:30, and on Saturdays from 9:30 – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00. Please call the Library at (781) 631-1481 during these business hours for assistance. 

A very special thank you to the Friends of Abbot Library, who have generously provided the funding to make our new registration system possible for curbside and beyond!

Please carefully read the full details of our Curbside Pickup Service here.

Register for a Library Card Online!

Did you know that any Marblehead resident who would like to register for a library card may do so, even while the Library is closed? Having a library card will allow you to access the Library’s electronic collections, which you can find on the eBooks, Movies, and More! page, as well as digital resources

If you know you have a library card already but can’t find it or don’t know the number, please email mar@noblenet.org for assistance.

If you need to register for a card, just fill out this online form as completely as possible, click “Submit Registration,” and a library staff member will be in touch with your new library card information! 

Your new temporary card number will be valid for two months (and this time period will be extended, as needed, until the Library re-opens), and it will grant Marblehead residents access to our wide array of digital services to enjoy from home! 

Once the library reopens, patrons with temporary barcodes may present a valid ID, which needs to include a current name and address, to pick up an official library card for full use of all library services.

Please contact the Library’s Circulation Coordinator at kuhlman@noblenet.org with any questions.