Open Online Only From Monday, October 26 – Saturday, October 31 Due To Air Duct Cleaning

Abbot Public Library will be open online only from Monday, October 26th through Saturday, October 31st to allow the cleaning of our air circulation ducts to take place in the building, which is one of the two major projects we mentioned in our Message to the Marblehead Community that need to occur before we can begin offering limited collection browsing, by appointment only, inside the building. This building closure means staff will be unable to answer the phone, accept returns, or offer Curbside Service during this week.

Please note that Saturday, October 24th , from 9:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, will be the last day to pick up or return physical library items before this closure, as the library remains closed on Sundays for Curbside Service. If you would like to pick up items, please make an appointment ahead of time online or by calling 781-631-1481, Ext. 201 during Curbside Service Hours.

Saturday, October 24 until 3:00 pm will be the last day to return library materials or pick up from our Curbside Pickup Service before our week-long closure of the building to staff for air duct cleaning on October 26-31.

Since staff will not be able to be in the building during the duct cleaning, we are closing the library return bins during this time. Please return your items by 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 24th or wait until after we reopen for Curbside Pickup Service on Monday, November 2nd. There will continue to be no late fees for overdue materials.

If you need assistance during our building closure, please contact staff via email at

We appreciate your understanding and are eager to bring expanded library services to you during this unprecedented time.

In the meantime, please enjoy our free online services of ebooks, e-audiobooks, video streaming, and more by visiting our website or our eBooks, Movies, and More! blog page and clicking on the appropriate button. Take a look at our “App Map” below to find out which services offer what types of digital materials. 

Accepting Returns on June 29 and Offering Curbside Pickup July 6!


As of Monday, June 29th, the Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce that we will be accepting returns of library items charged out before the Library closed in March.

Please return items to the outdoor book drops only, located outside of the library on Pleasant Street. If you have borrowed an item that will not fit in the book return, such as a children’s backpack kit or bookclub bag, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 between 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm Monday through Saturday to make arrangements to return the item.

No fines!

Please note that we are unable to accept any book donations at this time.

All returned library materials will be quarantined to eliminate the potential for the spread of the coronavirus. Returned items will be checked in after the quarantine period, and, therefore, may continue to appear on your library account during this time. In view of this new system, the library will not be charging overdue fines.

While we are looking forward to having library items come home, please do not feel obligated to return items immediately. The current due date for items already checked out is Monday, July 20th. The  purpose of this extended due date, along with the removal of overdue fines, is to encourage everyone to return items when it feels safest for you to do so. If you have been waiting to get rid of those library books since March, feel free to return them on June 29th — if you would like to hold onto them for a while longer, we encourage that as well.


Starting Monday, July 6th, the library will offer a no-contact curbside pickup service, by appointment only. Here’s how it will work:

  1. You will be able to place holds through your online account at If you are having difficulty placing holds online, please contact the library at (781) 631-1481 from 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm or email us at If you need to register for a library card, please fill out the online form at the bottom left corner at
  2. Items that are available in Marblehead will be pulled within 48 hours of their request. Due to delays in interlibrary delivery service, some items will take longer to become available.
  3. When your holds are ready, you will receive a notification, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference, from the library. To change your notification settings go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.
  4. Once you have received a notice that your items are available, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time. Appointments can be scheduled between 2:00 pm and 5:45 pm, Monday through Saturday. We ask that you wait until the library has notified you that your requested items are available, before scheduling a pickup appointment.
  5. Please come to the library at your appointment time, to receive your items. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all. Items will be in paper bags labelled with your last name, on a cart by the rear entrance, through the parking lot. Since this is a no-contact service, staff will not be outside. Items will already be checked out to you and have their due date slip, so feel free to grab your bag and go! Please only return items to a book return. 

We are delighted to be able to offer curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to borrow tangible items again! Please continue to check our website at, Facebook page @AbbotLibraryMarblehead, and library blog at for updates to curbside pickup or returns procedures and hours. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time for library services, and we look forward to serving you!