Information for Middle & High School Teachers

Assignment Alerts

Educators are encouraged to send information about upcoming assignments to the library by using our Assignment Alert Form. The more notice we have, the better we are able to serve you and your students. Notify us to make sure we have materials on hand for upcoming projects and so Reference librarians may anticipate related questions. We can also arrange special displays of books in the library to support your assignments on various topics and themes.

Classroom Sets

The YA Department maintains an extensive storage collection of former summer reading titles on the middle and high school lists. With a range of fiction and nonfiction, classrooms may arrange to borrow a variety of single titles or an entire set. Click here to see the list. Contact for help with this or request items directly through the catalog.

Classroom Visits

The library welcomes class visits for students of all ages. Library staff can give tours of the library and orientation in the use of library resources. In order to ensure enough staffing coverage, at least two weeks notice must be given prior to a class visit. Please contact us with the requested date and time at or call 978-921-6062. Librarians are also available on a limited basis for outreach visits to classrooms to give library orientations and book talks. Again, two weeks notice is required.

Additionally, the Bookmobile will often stop at schools – please contact Linda Caravaggio at 978-921-6062 to make arrangements.

Programs for Teens

The library provides a variety of programs for teenagers to foster a love of reading, hone research skills, and to provide safe entertainment, including an anime club, pizza and movie nights, an extensive summer reading program, and more. In April, during National Poetry Month, the Young Adult Department runs an annual poetry contest for Beverly teenagers.

Renew and Request Materials Online

It is possible to renew and request materials using your library card number and a password. Passwords are available only at the Circulation desk. If you lost yours or never had one, just stop in the library any time we are open to get one. Passwords and library cards can also be issued to students during class visits and when the YA librarian makes special trips to local schools.

Research Assistance

The library subscribes to many online databases which provide access to contemporary and historical magazines, journals and newspapers. Most of these databases along with the library’s catalog, can be accessed remotely through the library’s website. Remote access to some databases requires a library card number for use as a password.

The Reference Desk, located on the second floor of the library, is always staffed by professional librarians who can help you and your students.

Summer Reading

The branch, Children’s, and Young Adult librarians work in tandem with Beverly school librarians to create the annual lists of summer reading titles for the Beverly Public Schools. The library provides limited copies of the mandatory general summer reading list books. All required reading lists are posted on our website. Additionally, we maintain many titles from past summer reading lists and the entire sets may be borrowed to support your classroom. Click here for the list of these books.

Teacher Cards

Teachers that wish to maintain separate personal and school accounts may apply for “school” library cards. Each teacher may have their own school card. However, while these cards are under the school name, teachers are ultimately responsible for the items borrowed on the cards.