Abbot Library, Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA

The Abbot Public Library is a library in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The building is located at 235 Pleasant Street.[1] The Library is a member of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) consortium.[2] The grounds are maintained by the Driftwood Garden Club.[3] Book sales are organized by the Friends of the Abbot Public Library and fundraising is organized by the Abbot Public Library Foundation.


In 1872 Benjamin Abbot[4] left $103,000 to the town of Marblehead and Abbot Hall was built in 1877 which included a reading room and library. [5] Oversight of the library was given to a board of trustees elected by the town. Books were first loaned in the spring of 1878. Mary G. Brown was the first librarian.

In 1931, the Clifton Branch Library opened in the Hobbs Memorial Building on Clifton Avenue.[6]

Gregory O. Lyon bequeathed $20,000[7] to the Town of Marblehead for the construction of a new library. The library moved to a new building at 235 Pleasant Street in 1954.[8]

Reading Room at Abbot Library on Pleasant Street

The Friends of the Abbot Public Library helped preserve the Messenger, a Marblehead newspaper, on microfilm.[9] The microfilm was digitized in 2019 by Advantage Archives.[10]

In the fall of 2022, the library moved to an interim space on Brook Road, the site of the old Eveleth School, while major renovations and upgrades take place.[11]The Abbot Public Library at 235 Pleasant Street is due to reopen in the spring of 2024.

Abbot Library on Brook Road 2022
Abbot Library on Brook Road 2022



Adult, children's and teen fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, graphic novels, DVDs, book on CDs and video games.

Local History and Local Author collections.

Digital e-books, graphic novels and magazines, downloadable audiobooks and music, downloadable and streaming movies and television shows.

Digital Reference Database subscriptions and digitized local newspapers.

Library of Things including hotspots and chromebooks.


Computers and laptops


Printing, scanning, photocopying

Technology help

Museum passes

Guest speakers, author talks, poetry salons, book groups, craft programs and story times.

Meeting Room and study tables

Seed Library

Booking of tax help appointments with the AARP.

Summer Reading books, ebooks and downloadable audiobooks for the local schools' summer reading lists.

Homebound delivery

Book sales held by the Friends of the Library. [13]


  1. ^ "Library MBLC". Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  2. ^ "NOBLE Web » About NOBLE". Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  3. ^ "About Us Driftwood Garden Club". www.driftwood Garden Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  4. ^ Roads, Samuel (1880). The history and traditions of Marblehead. The Library of Congress. Boston, Houghton, Osgood and company.
  5. ^ Marblehead Home and Style."Making of a Modern Library". North of Boston Media Group, 2018, p. 47-49.
  6. ^ "Open Clifton Branch Library last of July".
  7. ^ "Town Warrant".
  8. ^ "Library trustees name architect for new library".
  9. ^ "In Appreciation". Retrieved 2023-04-17.
  10. ^ "100 plus years of Marblehead newspaper history online".
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  13. ^ "Abbot Public Library » What we offer". Retrieved 2023-08-30.