New! Borrow a Chromebook

chromebookThe main library now offers a limited number of Chromebooks for single-day use inside the library on a first come, first serve basis. Chromebooks are easy to use laptops that are great for basic internet browsing, checking email, accessing social media networks, and using Google Apps. Borrowers must have a valid NOBLE library card in good standing and sign a user agreement. Inquire at our Reference desk.

Hitchcock-Truffaut Film Series

movie camera and filmSohier Room, Main Library
Fridays (monthly), 1 – 3 PM

Classic movie buffs with Friday afternoons available – heads up! From December 2017 through April 2018, the main library will host a 5-film celebration of two of the 20th century’s most beloved filmmakers: Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. A legend of the French New Wave, Truffaut was Hitchcock’s biggest fan. Come view the films on the big screen in our Sohier Room.

On Friday, December 15, join us for Vertigo, Hitchcock’s 1958 classic about retired cop with acrophobia (James Stewart) who accepts a job shadowing the wife (Kim Novak) of an old acquaintance.

Other selections include:
January: North by Northwest (1959)
February: TBD
March: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
April: Day for Night (1973)

The series is free and open to adults, no signup needed. Free popcorn provided. Most movies will run from 1 – 3 PM. Questions? Contact Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

2017 Staff Picks

Looking for a good book? The staff of the Beverly Public Library are pleased to share their favorite books published in 2017. You’ll find a variety of titles, including an experimental novel about President Lincoln, a collection of playfully surreal short stories, an uplifting story narrated by a cat, and so much more. Our staff’s varied tastes include thrillers, graphic novels, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, satires, memoirs, and more. Check out our handy catalog list to read summaries and request our favorites online!

Personalized Book Lists!

Attention adult readers! Don’t know what to read next? Could you use some assistance from our library staff? Then try out our Personalized Reading List request form.

All you need to do is answer a few questions, such as who your favorite authors are, or what type of books you like to read. Based on your responses, one of our professional librarians will create a list just for you. The more information you share, the more likely we are to match your tastes.

The service is private, and no one will see the information you share or the list we create for you except library staff. Questions? Email or call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062.

Not an adult? We have forms for Teens and Kids too!

December and January Holiday Hours

gingerbread treePlease note the main library and the Farms branch hours for the Christmas holiday:

Sunday, December 24, 2017: CLOSED
Monday, December 25, 2017: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26, 2017: CLOSED

Both locations will resume normal hours on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Main library and Farms branch hours for the New Year holiday:

Sunday, December 31, 2017: Close at 4 PM (Main library only, Farms branch is always closed on Sundays)
Monday, January 1, 2018: CLOSED

Both locations will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The New Hot 100 Authors List

pile of starsDo you have a favorite author – or three, or five and would like to have the library place a hold for you automatically when their latest books are published? We have a new and revised list of popular authors for you! The list includes authors like Liane Moriarty, Louise Penny, and Elizabeth Strout. Stop by the reference desk and ask for the HOT 100 Authors List to sign yourself up for your favorite authors!