Interlibrary Loan

Whether you need a book from a library in the next town or from across the country, our Reference Staff can help. If the material you need is within the NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) network of libraries, you may call or stop by our library to request that the material be delivered to our library for you. Also, you can place holds on materials within the NOBLE network from any online computer using your library card and PIN (Personal Identification Number). For more information about this service, please click here.

The Virtual Catalog links most of the library networks in Massachusetts to provide a single search and request capability statewide for materials not available to your library through the NOBLE catalog. The Virtual Catalog log-in is available on the Swampscott Public Library catalog. Virtual Catalog Patron log-in

Even if our local network of libraries does not have the item you are looking for, most of the time we can still acquire the materials you are requesting from libraries throughout the country. For further information on this aspect of Interlibrary Loan Services, please contact Susan Conner, Assistant Director, at 781-596-8867.

Delivery Service for the Homebound

If you or someone you know is homebound and unable to visit the library in person, please let us know. Whether you are permanently homebound or recovering from a temporary illness, the Swampscott Library has some wonderful volunteers who can deliver books to your home. Please contact the library at 781-596-8867 for more information.

Public Computers

The library currently has eleven IBM-compatible computers in the Reference Room available for use by teen and adult patrons. These computers have access to high-speed Internet, links to magazine and journal databases, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The Children’s Room also has computers which are available for children up through the sixth grade. They have games, word processing, and filtered Internet access. Children under the age of seven must have a parent or guardian seated with them in order to use the computers. For more information about Internet access, view our “Internet Use Policy” under the Staff & Policies link to the left.

Photocopying & Printing

For your convenience, a photocopier is located in the Reference Room on the main floor of the library. Copies can be made on either standard letter (8 1/2″ X 11″) or legal (8 1/2″ X 14″) size paper and cost $.15 each. The photocopiers do not produce collated, double-sided, or color copies.

Each of the eleven public Internet-accessible computers located in the Reference Room is connected to a black and white laser printer. A color printer is also available and can be used with staff assistance. There is a limit of five color copies per day. The cost for all prints — color or black and white: The first two pages printed are free, and additional pages are $.10 each.

Meeting Rooms

The meeting rooms are available for groups providing non-profit programs for the educational, social, and cultural benefit of the community. Meetings must be open to the public without admission charge. Meetings on controversial topics must allow other views on the subject to be addressed. Use of the rooms by groups other than those described above will require special permission by the Board of Library Trustees. The Main Meeting Room accommodates 50 chairs. The library can provide a podium, a screen and a television/VCR/DVD, and meeting room tables. The Baldwin Room can accommodate up to 10 people.
The donation for usage of these room is:

Checks may be made out to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library

Meeting Room Policies

To reserve the Meeting Room, please contact Susan Conner, Assistant Director, or Alyce Deveau, Library Director, at 781-596-8867.

Microfilm Reader

The Swampscott Library has a microfilm reader located in the Baldwin Room available for use with our older issues of The Swampscott Reporter dating back to 1970. The microfilm reader does not have a printer attached, so the library does retain the print copies of the newspaper for photocopying purposes. Ask one of the Reference Librarians for further assistance.

Magnifier for Visually Impaired

If you or someone you know has trouble reading books, magazines, or other documents because of the small print, please take advantage of our magnifying machine. This easy-to-use machine will considerably enlarge the text and pictures of printed material. It is located in the Baldwin Historical Room. Please feel free to use it at your leisure.