November Holiday Hours

All locations will be observing the following holiday hours.

Wednesday, November 11: CLOSED in observance of Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 25: Front Door Service will end at 6 PM

Thursday, November 26: CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving

Friends Pop-Up Sale!

On Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM – 3 PM (weather permitting) join the Friends of the Beverly Public Library on the Winter Street patio for a pop-up book sale! Children’s and adult materials will be available. Paperbacks will be sold for $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are .50. The Friends will accept cash and checks. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on some great books for the holidays, while providing financial support to the library.

NOTE: Shoppers must wear masks and observe social distancing. To comply with state restrictions, there will be a strict limit of 20 shoppers at all times. Please be prepared to wait in your car or off library property. All shoppers will be asked to keep their visits to 20 minutes.

2020 Staff Picks

Looking for a good book? The staff of the Beverly Public Library are pleased to share their favorite books of 2020. You’ll find a variety of genres and formats including short stories, science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, young adult, picture books, and more! Check out our handy list to read summaries and request our favorites.

The vanishing half by Bennett, Brit
The invisible life of Addie LaRue by Schwab, Victoria
Caste : the origins of our discontents by Wilkerson, Isabel
This way, Charlie by Levis, Caron
King and the dragonflies by Callender, Kacen
Echo Mountain by Wolk, Lauren
Snapdragon by Leyh, Kat
The death of Vivek Oji by Emezi, Akwaeke
Tender is the flesh : a novel by Bazterrica, Agustina María
Hidden Valley Road : inside the mind of an American family by Kolker, Robert
The age of decayed futurity : The best of Mark Samuels by Samuels, Mark
Clap when you land by Acevedo, Elizabeth
Randy, the beautiful horse by McBeth, T. L.

Borrow a Chromebook

We are pleased to announce that a limited number of Chromebooks are available for patrons to check out for up to a week. Just place a hold and we will contact you when it’s ready for pickup. Chromebooks must be returned during Front Door Service and cannot be placed in the book drop.

Holistic Wellness For All

Beverly Public Library was recently awarded a federal Health & Wellness Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,500 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). “We are proud to deliver grant funding to libraries for projects that fill unique needs of libraries across Massachusetts.” said Rob Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. “Libraries continue to be a vital resource to the communities they serve. Programs funded through LSTA grants illustrate the diverse range of topics and audiences served by Massachusetts libraries.”

Beverly Public Library’s grant, Holistic Wellness For All, will provide holistic health education, tools, and wellness opportunities to those who need them most. “Through extensive library and community-wide programming, we will provide exciting opportunities for education and practice. We will also create a unique collection and refreshed space that will disseminate relevant, credible health information for the community on integrated practice and holistic health access for all. I am super excited to get this project rolling,” said Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference and project coordinator, “especially during these times of COVID-19 when mental health and self-care is so important.”

The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs including programs that help New Americans learn English and become citizens, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that serve teen needs, and projects that preserve valuable historical documents. The MBLC also offers grants to increase access to library services for people with disabilities.  

In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services including summer reading programs, research databases, the statewide eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog and which has information and resources for residents.  LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found MBLC’s website.

About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.