Physical Collections

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While we are proud to offer numerous services beyond printed books, including our e-collections, reference services, public technology, and programs for all ages, our physical collections are the backbone of the library. If you’re not sure where to find something or need help accessing the library's collections, please ask! We’re happy to help. You can also search our catalog to discover and request items.  

Library staff can provide additional access to our collections by helping you to:

Main Level Collections

Most materials on the main level are geared toward adults, though anyone is welcome to borrow them. Materials geared toward children and teens are on other levels of the building. 

New Releases Room

In addition to browsing the new releases room to see what we've added, the library also offers several services to keep current with what's being added to the collection. Learn more on our New Arrivals page.

  • New fiction books
  • New nonfiction books
  • New large print books
  • New DVDs
  • New magazines 

Amesbury Room 

This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the library's local history and local genealogy resources. Email or call 978-388-8148 x609 our Local History & Archives department for more information or for help accessing additional resources.

Reference Room

You'll also find our public computers, printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine here!

Stacks

  • Fiction books
  • Book Club Kits
  • Large print fiction & nonfiction books
  • Graphic novels/comics
  • DVDs
  • Audiobooks on CD and Playaway
  • Music CDs and vinyl records
  • Videogames (for all ages) 

Second Floor Collections

The second floor is accessed via the staircase located in the stacks. Looking for the children’s room? It’s actually on the third floor and is best accessed using the staircases by the front door. 

  • Adult nonfiction books
  • Board games and jigsaw puzzles
  • All YA (teen) collections 
    • Fiction and nonfiction books
    • Large print books
    • Fiction in Portuguese
    • Decodable readers
    • Manga and graphic novels/comics
    • Audiobooks on CD and Playaway 

Third Floor Collections

Our children's room and youth services desk are located on the third floor, which is accessed via the staircases by the front door. Check out the Youth Services page to learn more.

  • Board books 
  • Picture books 
  • Early readers 
  • Audiobooks on CD and Playaway 
  • Wonderbooks
  • Yoto Cards
  • DVDs 
  • Series books 
  • Intermediate books 
  • Chapter books 
  • Large print books and Braille books 
  • Nonfiction books 
  • Graphic novels/comics 
  • World language books
  • Kids' Library of Things
  • Kits (usually a combination of books and games on a specific topic)