Abbot Public Library Executive Director Kimberly Grad submitted the following details behind the library’s move to the Eveleth School to make way for its multi-million dollar renovation.
In preparation for the move to the Eveleth School, 3 Brook Road, Abbot Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The former elementary will be the library’s temporary space during the renovation of its Pleasant Street location.
“It was important to us to find a suitable space to house the interim library so we could continue to provide the town of Marblehead with essential library services while we undertake the critical infrastructure updates and improvements at Abbot Public Library,” Gary Amberik, chair of the Abbot Public Library Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to the Marblehead School Committee for allowing us to utilize the Eveleth School.”
Abbot Public Library Executive Director Kimberly Grad said the Eveleth School will be familiar to many people in the community. Classrooms will be repurposed for reference and technical support, fiction and nonfiction collections, spaces for teens and children, quiet reading areas and a room for public programs.
“We look forward to welcoming the community of Marblehead to this temporary library space,” she said.
The library will be closed from mid-September through mid-October to allow the staff time to physically relocate materials and furnishings from one building to the other. All virtual services like databases, Libby, and Hoopla, will still be available with a library card.
Please refer to this list of frequently asked questions as a guide during this transitional period.
How long will the library be closed?
The library will be closed from mid-September through mid-October to allow the staff time to physically relocate materials and furnishings from one building to the other. All virtual services like databases, Libby, and Hoopla will still be available with your library card.
How do I contact the public library?
Our phone lines will be down from Sept. 10 to mid-October. However, we will be reachable by email at email@example.com. We will respond as soon as possible Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
How do I return my items while the library is closed?
Please hold on to your books and other items owned by Abbot Public Library, and return them when we open again at the Eveleth School. For more information about our Borrowing policy, please go to abbotlibrary.org/about/general-info.
Will the book drop be available while you are closed?
No, please return your Marblehead items to the Eveleth School site when we reopen in October.
Can I pick up an item on hold while you are closed?
No, all of our collections will be unavailable during this time. Abbot Public Library/Marblehead will not be available as a pick-up location from August 24 until mid-October. If you put an item on hold previously and you are still waiting for its arrival, you will not lose your place in line.
How do I find my account and put a hold on a book for pick up at a nearby library?
Go to https://abbotlibrary.org. Log into your account to reroute your item to a different NOBLE library. In your account, select the “Holds” tab. Click on the book you want to reroute, select “Edit,” and change the location. Visit http://www.noblenet.org/libraries to find libraries in the NOBLE network.
Can I still request Museum Passes?
Passes will be available through August. Museum Pass reservations will be unavailable starting in September and during the Library’s temporary closure.
How can we reach you?
Our phone lines will be down during the move. However, we will be reachable by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as possible Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
What will happen to regularly scheduled library programming while the library is closed?
Regularly scheduled library programs will resume in November. Check the website for updates: abbotlibrary.org/events.
What will the public service hours be at the Eveleth School?
Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: Noon – 6 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where can I find updates on the status of the renovations to the main library?
Visit our website at abbotlibrary.org/news/renovation-news.