In accordance with the Governor’s new guidelines, As of Tuesday, June 1, the Library will:

  • Stop taking reservations to use the building

  • Rescind lowered capacity limits on people in the building and the duration of visits

  • End curbside pickup

  • Allow people to enter without masks if they are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated by then, it is recommended that you continue to wear a mask until you are two weeks past completion

  • Open the restroom for public use

  • Offer toys, games and board books in the children’s room

  • Continue to make hand sanitizer available, and wipe down books on request

  • Continue to do occasional wipe downs of common touch areas, such as computer keyboards and the coffee machine

  • Continue to open windows and doors and use fans to aerate the building


Programs will be online or outdoors through the summer, and we will re-evaluate for the fall. We encourage thoughtful use of the public library, knowing that the pandemic is not fully past. For the sake of public health, we continue to reserve the right to exclude anyone who is clearly unwell. And we strongly recommend that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated.

From the Director, June 24, 2020:

At last night’s Library Board of Trustees meeting, it was unanimously voted to reopen the library with limitations. It will be a “new normal” for all of us, as we do our best to maintain safety for you and the staff in the midst of a pandemic. But if everyone understands that we are working for the safety of all, you will be able to make an appointment, browse the stacks, work on a computer, and enjoy the beautiful building once more. We will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 10-5.


We will require that the following be observed:


  • Up to a week before you want to come in, drop us an email at or give us a call at 781-581-0306. We will set up a day and time with you. Sorry, no walk-ins.


  • A maximum of 5 people will be allowed in the building (plus staff) for any given timeslot. We will ask that you use hand sanitizer when you arrive and observe physical distancing.


  • Visits will be scheduled on the hour for 50 minutes, and then we will clean common touchpoints before the next group arrives. The bathroom will not be available.


  • Nahant-owned books, CDs, and DVDs will be available to check out. Pickups and deliveries will continue to be available, also. Borrowed material may be returned at the book drop.


  • One public computer and one laptop will be available. Please reserve it when you make your appointment.


  • The children’s room will be open to the public at this time but toys will be unavailable. Story times are canceled for the summer, but the Summer Reading Program will be in progress through the month of July via Facebook. Sign up through the Library’s website.


  • For everyone’s safety, the public may not approach the construction area at any time. The side entrance has a bridge over the construction site to access the building from the Pleasant Street side. New steel beams are currently in production, and work on site will resume soon.

From the Director, May 26, 2020:


As the Governor is recommending a slow reopening of businesses and services across the Commonwealth, we are also anxious to return to service, but thoughtfully and safely. Therefore, beginning Wednesday, May 27, we will begin again to offer our books, CDs, and DVDs for pickup or delivery to our patrons in Nahant.


How will this work?


  • You can search for titles in MassCat, then filter the results by clicking on Nahant Public Library in the Holding Libraries list.

  • The Holds function is currently disabled, so please call (781-581-0306), email (, or Facebook message us with your request. We cannot request items from other libraries at this time.

  • Carolyn will arrange with you to either come pick up your order at a set time, or have it delivered to your doorknob. Lending will take place each Wednesday and Friday. Yes, starting tomorrow!

  • Please return titles when you are finished into the book drop. All materials that have been loaned will be “rested” for a day before being reshelved, and will be wiped with disinfectant and placed in clean bags before delivery. Pickup and delivery will be strictly no contact, for your safety.


If you have a Nahant Library card but are not residing in Nahant currently, you may borrow, but you would need to pick up at the library. We are currently not lending toys, games or other items other than books, CDs, or DVDs, because of the cleaning problems they would present. Pickups will be at the Pleasant Street side door at your scheduled pickup time. Also, construction workers may be working on the terrace, so please be mindful to keep distant from them.


We have been planning for the Summer Reading Program, too, and it will be all online. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” and is all about fantasy, fairy tales, and fables. If your child is between the ages of 3 and 13, you may sign up through our portal. There will be a secret event offered to the first dozen children to sign up, so sign up early! Registration opens June 1, and activities will begin right after school lets out.  


Our online ebook offerings will continue to be available 24/7 from our website, so feel free to continue to enjoy those as we return to bringing you physical titles from our collection. We know times are tough, and we are here to help make them a little easier. The Trustees, staff and I are very excited to begin once again to bring you information that enlightens and ideas that inspire. Be well, and stay safe.      





From the Director, March 24, 2020:


In response to Governor Baker's directive that all non-essential services be closed and employees work from home, the library will remain shut to all in-person services for the next two weeks. That includes shutting down our book delivery service, and we apologize for the inconvenience of being shut for now.

However, Carolyn and I will still be working from home, ordering books and scheduling programs to prepare for a re-opening, responding to your questions, and posting links to great online resources. More to come!
Keep checking back. And stay safe, everyone!




From the Director, March 13, 2020:

Nahant Public Library joins the rest of Nahant in responding to the COVID-19 threat by closing our doors to the public, beginning Monday, March 16. You may return materials in the book drop near the Pleasant Street entrance, and we will be able to fulfill holds by delivering books on Wednesday and Friday afternoons if you live in Nahant. Please be sure your contact information is up to date in the MassCat catalog.   

We will be open tomorrow (3/14) from noon until 4:00. On Sunday, March 15, we will show the film "Leave No Trace" at 4:00, and the film will be made available for checkout after that. We will be open from 3:00-6:00 that day. The final book discussion for The Stranger in the Woods will be cancelled. Instead, I will also post the discussion questions on our Facebook page next week beginning on Tuesday, so feel free to consider them and to reply, and we can have an online book discussion!

We are happy to help you with online resources you can enjoy from home. Please email or call 781-581-0306 if you would like help accessing ebooks, TV shows, movies, and music through hoopla or OverDrive/Libby, and articles and resources through RBDigital Magazines and our databases. Enjoy your library anytime, from the comfort of home.

We also want you to know the facts when it comes to the novel coronavirus or any other health issue. Websites can be tricky. News outlets may have a particular slant. Politicians may have an agenda. So I try and rely on curated websites and the sources that are informing the news, politicians, and other websites. Try these for good up-to-date health information on COVID-19:


And for most health issues, I like to start with the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health website, MedlinePlus. Understand that our knowledge of this virus and how best to respond is changing almost daily.

Working together, we can help reduce the spread -- and the stress -- of this global pandemic. Thank you for your understanding, your patience, and your assistance.

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