Locations and Contact Information
The main library is located at:
32 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
There is limited parking in the Winter Street lot and there are metered spaces on Essex Street in front of the library. There are also public parking lots nearby.
The main library is wheelchair accessible from Winter Street. There is a ramp leading from the parking lot to the first floor entrance. This entrance has automatic doors and the elevator to all floors is to the right past the staircase.
At the Farms branch, there is an accessible parking spot on Vine Street with a path leading to the automatic doors of the street level Hale Street entrance. There is an elevator to all floors.
Main library hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM
Friday & Saturday : 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 1-5 PM (closed Memorial Day to October)
Farms branch hours:
Monday & Wed.: 10 AM-6 PM
Tuesday & Thurs.: 10 AM-9 PM
Friday: 10 AM-5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM (closed Memorial Day to October)
The library observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Easter, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day (and Memorial Day Weekend), Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day (and Labor Day Weekend), Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Allison Babin, Library Director, ext. 2118
Meghan Karasin, Assistant Director, ext. 2130
Liz Caffi, Assistant Children’s Librarian, ext. 2108
Katie Carlson, Staff Librarian, ext. 2154
Jianna Christopher, Interlibrary Loan, ext. 2119
Laurie Formichella, Head of Technical Services, ext. 2132
Graham Goss, Assistant Communications Librarian, ext. 2134
Dorothea Lam, Beverly Farms Branch Librarian, ext. 2153
Katie Marsh, Head of Bookmobile Services, ext. 2115
Matthew Martens, Assistant Reference Librarian, ext. 2143
Jerusha Maurer, Assistant Circulation Librarian, ext. 2123
Margie McClory, Head of Children’s Services, ext. 2117
Katie Nelson, Head of Teen Services, ext. 2122
Ona Ridenour, Head of Communications, ext. 2135
Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference, ext. 2120
Janice Shaw, Head of Circulation, ext. 2121
The library is governed by the Board of Library Trustees. The nine member board is responsible for formulating library policies. They recommend an annual budget to the Mayor and City Council and oversee the Library’s endowment funds. Trustees are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council for 3 year terms with 3 terms ending each January 31st. Citizens interested in serving on the Board should send a letter of interest and resume to the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915-5887.
The Board meets at the library at 4 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through June. All meetings are open to the public. Find the Agendas and Minutes on the City’s website.
The current board members are:
- Kevin O’Reilly, Chair
- Margaret Altman
- Mary Behrle
- Marshall Handly
- Ivy Mahan
- Colleen Michaels
- Cathryn Keefe O’Hare
- Joanne Panunzio, Secretary
- Myron Schirer-Suter
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Bulletin Board / Kiosk Guidelines
- Child Safety Policy
- Collection Development Policy
- Electronic Smoking Policy
- Exhibit Policy and Exhibit Application
- Internet Use Policy
- Link Policy
- Meeting Room Policy
- Special Collections Policy
- Statement on the US Patriot Act & the Confidentiality of Patron Records
- Strategic Plan
Job openings will be listed on the City of Beverly’s Jobs page.
Beverly Public Library Land Acknowledgement Statement
As part of our mission as a center of culture and civil engagement, the Beverly Public Library would like to acknowledge that the land on which the library sits is the traditional homeland of the Naumkeag (NAH-um-kee-ahg) people who were part of the Massachusetts Alliance and whose descendants continue to live in this area to the present day.
We must both acknowledge Indigenous peoples’ long history of stewardship of this territory and the painful history of forced removal, and colonization. As we work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must include Indigenous people and their perspectives in our collections, programs, and community.
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