Library Closure FAQs

All locations are closed until further notice. Please check the City’s website for more information about City services and updates.


The library is working with City officials on how to conduct a safe, phased reopening in accordance with city, state, and CDC guidance. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Please email us at Staff is available to answer your questions.

If you prefer, give us a call Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 978-921-6062 for the main library or 978-921-6066 for the Farms branch. Please leave a message if staff is unavailable to answer and someone will get back to you.

We are posting updates, activities, and online resources on Facebook and Twitter. And you can join our email list for news. Remember, we are always open online.

The book drops at the main library and the Farms branch are open for all materials. For the safety of our community, all returns will be quarantined for one week before being checked in. If you follow your online account, please be aware that items will not be removed from your account. Be assured that you will not accrue any fines. We appreciate your understanding. 

For everyone’s safety please only return items to the book drop. Staff cannot accept returns. Please call us at 978-921-6062 if you have something that won’t fit in the book drop and we’ll make arrangements.

Front Door Service is here! Our “Front Door Service” allows you to place holds online and pick them up during designated hours. We are all excited to get materials back in your hands! 

Many library services are not shut down. We offer numerous digital services that card holders can enjoy remotely. Now is the time to get familiar with our digital collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks, streaming video and music, magazines and newspapers, and more. We are increasing our online services, including eBooks, movies, audiobooks, and other information resources.

For physical materials we are offering front door service.

You may print, scan or copy by emailing your document to or dropping it off during front door service. Please include your first and last name, your phone or email, and instructions (e.g. 5 copies, scan to A librarian will contact you when it’s ready. Free up to 10 pages. For Farms branch service please email

To apply for a library card, complete this form and a staff member will be in touch with you.

Our WiFi extends outdoors. Please feel free to sit outside or park in our lot to use the Wifi. Be sure to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines by staying six feet away from others.

Museum pass reservations are suspended at this time.

The Bookmobile must be run regularly to prevent issues stemming from disuse. With this in mind, we have been taking the Bookmobile for brief drives to keep it in good working order.
The Bookmobile is not making stops and is not open for browsing at this time, but home delivery is available for those who have special concerns that prevent them from accessing the library. Please contact Katie Marsh with questions about home delivery at or 978-778-5886.

CANCELLED: March 19: Special Cookbook Club

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Thursday, March 19 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a special Cookbook Club. We are taking a culinary tour of South Korea. Browse one of our cookbooks or find a delicious delicacy to cook and share.  

There is no mystery ingredient for this program, let’s explore Korea together. Share your dish at the library on March 19.

Questions? Please contact Katie at  or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

What is cookbook club?
Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

Special Cookbook Club Guidelines

Please cook, bake, or make something Korean inspired and bring it to Cookbook Club on March 19 at 6 PM. Please bring serving utensils and a single copy of your recipe including all of the ingredients you used. We will collect the recipes and share them with the group via email after the program. Food should be brought ready to eat. Please make enough to share with the group but remember that people will only be trying a taste, or two, of each dish! In the interest of the environment, if you would like to bring reusable plates, bowls, and cutlery, please feel free. No pressure, though. The library will have paper products available. If you would like to swap leftovers, you are welcome to bring a food storage container as well.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

CANCELLED: March 20: The Host

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Beverly Film Society Presents: The Host
Friday, March 20 from 1 – 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Come out and attach yourself to a free screening of The Host, the terrifically entertaining monster movie that earned Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho his early reputation as South Korea’s Steven Spielberg!

Free and open to adults. Free popcorn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Questions? Contact Matthew at

CANCELLED: Yoga at the Library

Yoga at the Library on March 29 and May 3 have been cancelled. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Yoga at the Library

Sundays, February 2, March 1 and 29, and May 3 from 3:30-4:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch as she takes us through a Vinyasa yoga class at the library. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Questions? Contact Katie at Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

POSTPONED- 2020 Friends’ Spring Book Sale

In an effort to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),  we have decided to postpone the Friends’ Spring Book Sale. New date to be determined.

Our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale takes place at the main library from Saturday, April 4 through Saturday, April 11 and is open daily during regular library hours.

In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will also be available. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Don’t miss this great opportunity to stock up on beach reads, and more!

All book sale proceeds benefit the library, including programs for all ages, library furnishings, and more. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email

March 12: Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety and their work. Doctors and medical practitioners are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness. We can make better decisions. Once we connect to a place of happiness and peace within us, we experience a reduction in our anxiety. Through meditation we can cope with the stresses of life. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace. Join Eileen Carlotto, long time meditator for this informative lecture. There will even be a short meditation sitting.

Eileen Carlotto
Eileen Carlotto is a middle-school art teacher, author, and illustrator. With 35 years meditation experience to draw on, Eileen offers workshops on various aspects of meditation and spirituality. Eileen has studied under a world renowned meditation teacher and been to India many times to deepen her practice and share this technique with others. Eileen demonstrates how, in the middle of a jam-packed, daily schedule, you can integrate your meditation practice into your own busy life.

Questions? Contact Katie at 978-921-6062, ext. 2122 or