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Welcome to the Nahant Public Library

History of the Library
The Nahant Public Library was founded in 1819, the third oldest in Massachusetts after Franklin and Harvard. Our library became a free public library in 1872. The present library building was designed by the Boston firm of Ball and Dabney, and opened June 1, 1895, and was the first electrified building in Nahant.


Our Contact Information
Nahant Public Library
PO Box 76 | 15 Pleasant Street Nahant, MA 01908-0076
(781) 581-0306 |

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About Our Library

Regular Hours of Operation
Tuesday and Thursday Wednesday and Friday Saturday
Sunday and Monday | Closed

Summer Hours of Operation | July 1 until September 1
Tuesday and Thursday Wednesday Friday
Saturday Sunday and Monday  
1 PM UNTIL 6 PM Closed  

The Nahant Public Library provides access to books, audiobooks, movies & documentaries, newspapers, magazines, music, and research materials for users of all ages. We also have wireless access throughout the library, and two laptops available for public use. These computers were purchased through a generous donation from the Friends of the Library.

Borrowing Rules
Materials circulate for two weeks, and can be renewed in person or over the phone twice. However, reading list items can only be renewed once, and no renewals are allowed for items already overdue, on hold for other readers, or borrowed from another library. Fines are $.10 a day per item except for DVD and VHS, which are $1.00.

To ensure that everyone has access to materials, we do place some restrictions on the number of items borrowed on a subject, by author, or if an item is on a reading list. Ten items may be on a card at any time.

The Library provides a copy machine for use to make copies of items that do not circulate, like the newest issue of a magazine or Reference materials. The charge for each page is $.15, which goes to the Friends of the Library. 
1895 Floor Plan

Library Staff | TBA

Library Director
Kim Carmody-Hosker
Children's Services
Erin McCall Library Assistant 
Carolyn Ziering Library Assistant 

Board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees meet at 7 PM on the third Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise posted.

Christine Stevens Chair
Dan Munnelly  
Anne Spirn  

All About Borrowing

LIBRARY CARD | Bring a valid identification showing your current address to receive your library card

BORROWING | The library has books, audio books, magazines and DVDs available for check-out. 

Patrons may borrow a maximum of 10 items per account
Patrons may borrow  2 DVDs per account

INTER-LIBRARY LOAN | If we do not have it on our shelves, chances are we can get it for you through our inter-library loan program, which allows our patrons to order items through our library.

LOAN PERIODS | Books and audio books - two weeks with one renewal (except on items requested by another patron)

Magazines - one week
DVDs - three days with no renewal
Series DVDs - one week with no renewal

FEES AND FINES | Books, audio books and magazines - 10 cents
DVDs - $1.00 per day

RENEW | there are three ways to renew your items

  1. log on to your account and renew online

  2. call the library

  3. visit the library

RETURN | Patrons can return items via the book drop outside the door on Nahant Road or by coming inside the library. We ask that all DVDs be brought inside the library for return.

Children's Services

Kids, teens, and families are welcome in our newly organized Children's Department at the Nahant Public Library. Miss Kim, our Children's Librarian, is ready to help you select books and teach you how to use our card catalog so you can choose your own.

Please see the programming calendar for lots of activities for kids including story times, crafts, and other events during the year.

Adult Services

The Nahant Public Library is pleased to offer several programs for adults, and is exploring additional offerings. Please join us! 

The Nahant Public Library is pleased to offer various programs, activities, and contests throughout the year. Check the program calendar for dates and times of author visits, book chats, and other events.

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Library delivery for the homebound. Call us for details: (781) 581-0306

Nahant Public Library Policy Page | As of July 2012

Bulletin Board Policy
In its goal to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all members of the Nahant community, the Nahant Public Library provides space for the posting of information regarding local government issues and notices, local cultural, recreational, and educational events, and event posting for non-profit organizations.
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Collection Development Policy

The Nahant Public Library (NPL) strives to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all members of the Nahant community. The collections (books, movies, magazines, etc.) in the NPL are developed with these parameters in mind, and individual items are evaluated based on several criteria.

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Patron Behavior Policy

The NPL is committed to promoting an enjoyable and safe environment where patrons and staff can fully benefit from and utilize the Library’s resources and services. To insure this effort, we expect community members to respect other Library users, our staff, materials, and the building itself.

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Privacy Policy
The policy of the Nahant Public Library is not to reveal the borrowing records, reserve, or fine records to any person other than the owner of the library card to which they are assigned.
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Social Media Policy
The Nahant Public Library (NPL) recognizes the popularity and utility of social networking sites as a means of publicity, information dissemination, and recreation, and as such, participates in social media to extend the reach of the Library outside the physical walls.
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Library News and Events

The Nahant Public Library is now automated! Using your new library card, you can search for and request materials from home through a network of nearly 70 small public libraries, school libraries, and association libraries across the state.

You can also maintain your library account online, renewing books and keeping track of your reading. This exciting moment for the Nahant Public Library comes after a year of hard work by the staff, and we thank you for your patience.!


Friends of the Nahant Public Library

Friends Introduction
The Friends of the Nahant Public Library are organized to raise money to supplement  town funding of the Library. The Friends support the Library through book sales and bake sales and membership. The money raised is used for both adult and children's programming . The Friends also support other needs of the library not funded by budget appropriations such as refinishing furniture, special book purchases, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, copier upkeep and other building needs.

To become a member, visit the Library or contact Robin deStefano 781-596-1767. You may also e-mail us at

- Individual memberships are $15
- Family memberships are $20

- Memberships are renewed annually in January

As of March, 2005, the Friends organization has registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a tax-exempt Corporation. This allows the Friends to accept donations that are tax deductible. Any donation over $250 will automatically be answered with a tax letter sent back to you. If you want a tax letter for donations under $250, you need only attach a note to your check and the tax letter will be sent. These special donations will go directly to repairs and expansion of your library.

For More Information
Robin deStefano



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