Reference Department

Portrait at Lynn Public Library

Phone: 781-595-0567 x102

Welcome. The Reference Department staff is here to help you answer questions, assist you in using the online catalog and databases along with all the other library services. We are here to answer your basic genealogical, or local history of Lynn questions. (Please note we do charge a fee for genealogical research).

What your library has to offer you!

Computers | Databases | Automotive | Archives | Genealogy | Lynn Obituaries | Taxes | Health | College | Community | Massachusetts | Business | Career Resource Center Lynn Historic Photos | Login into your Account | Library Catalog

Test Preparation

Your success is just a few minutes away.

LearningExpress Library provided by the LYNN PUBLIC LIBRARY is a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

You will have online access at home to over 300 online practice exams and quizzes for standardized test preparation (SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship, TOEFL, and much more). In addition, several basic skills products, both online and in print, are available with Spanish translation. The only requirement to access this database is you have a valid Lynn Library Card.

Computer services at the LYNN LIBRARY

Online Computer Tutorials


Late night answers to your questions, when the library is closed.

Automotive Services

Basic Reference Archives

Lynn Reference Department archives include, Lynn City Directories, Lynn Suburban Directories which includes Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott from 1925-1977 with gaps. Old Lynn Newspapers on microfilm, Lynn Daily Item, Telegram News, Sunday Post and various other Lynn papers. We have a collection of Lynn Historic Photos available online. Vital records to 1850, family histories and much more, check out our catalog. We also have available FREE, ANCESTRY LIBRARY, only accessible at the Library for all those genealogists.

Copies of Birth and Death certificates can be obtained from our Lynn City Hall, City Clerk and Elections Office.

Rotunda at Lynn Public Library


Web Rings, Message Boards and Weblogs (Blogs)

Web rings are interconnected sites on a particular topic. Weblogs are online journals written by individuals. Message boards are sites where people post queries and other sites provide possible answers. Sites will vary in quality and may contain commercial content.

Tax Forms

Don't have time to call the IRS, see if you can find your form online first.

Health Resources

College Assistance

Reference Room at Lynn Public Library

Community Resources

Massachusetts Resources

Business Resources