How Do I?

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How do I get a library card?

In order to get a library card, you must bring something with your name and current address such as a current license or a piece of mail. If you lose your card, there is a $1.00 charge for a replacement card.

Parents or guardians may show their ID when registering children. There is no minimum age limit for children’s cards, but parents should know that the information on their child’s card is confidential. If a parent would like to keep track of the items their children have out, they should check them out on their own card.

How do I donate my books to the library?

Due to a lack of storage, the Library can no longer accept general book or magazine donations, except before a major Library book sale (see below). The Library can still accept donations of CDs, DVDs, and Books on CD.

Please speak to the Library Director or Archivist if you feel that you have a donation that would particularly enrich the Library Collection.

Two months prior to a Library book sale, the Library will announce that general book donations will now be accepted. Book sales are usually during the Danvers Family Festival which is held in early summer.

The following organizations are currently accepting
donations of books:

  • Got Books Inc.
    104 Glenn St., Suite 1
    Lawrence, MA 01843
    Free Pick-Up Service
    Accepts all books, videos, DVDs, CDs, audio books, records/LPs, sheet music, sports memorabilia, sports cards, comic books, computer software, video games, etc.
  • Salvation Army
    Rt. 1 South
    Saugus, MA
    No instructional manuals, textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines.
  • Danvers Senior Center
    Stone St.
    Danvers, MA
    Paperbacks only.
  • Annie’s
    132 Dodge St.
    Beverly, MA
    No more than 25 books at a time,
    Store credit given.
  • Hand It Back Booksmyth
    240 B South Main St.
    Rt. 114, Dairy Queen Plaza
    Middleton, MA
    Store credit given.

Also, Check Your Yellow Pages under Books – Used for local book dealers

How do I identify the trees in Peabody Park?

Please inquire at the Circulation Desk for a print copy of this map.

How do I request an item for purchase?

If you would like to request an item for purchase for our collection, please fill out the request form below. If it falls within our collection development policy we will order it and notify you when it is available for circulation.

Library Card Number
Phone Number
Email address

Year of Publication
ISBN Number
Type of Material Book
Videocassette DVD CD
Other (Please indicate below)

Additional Information

How do I know how long I can keep items and what the fines are?

Item Loan Period Overdue Fines
NEW Fiction
Older Fiction
Museum Passes
Playway View
1 week/3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
1 week
1 day
1 week
1 week
1 week
$ .10 per day
$ .10 per day
$ .10 per day
$ .10 per day
$ .10 per day
$ 3.00 per day
$ .10 per day
$ 1.00 per day
$ 1.00 per day

Materials borrowed from other libraries have the following loan periods: Books – 2 weeks; DVDs/CDs – 1 week.

How do I renew an item?

Items may be renewed once, provided they have not been reserved by another patron. Renewals may be done in person, by phone (978-774-0554, please have your library card handy) or online with a PIN number. You may obtain a PIN at the library by presenting your library card and an ID such as a license.

How do I reserve an item?

You may put your name on the waiting list for an item or request items from other libraries online with a PIN number, in person or over the phone with your library card number. You may obtain a PIN at the library by presenting your library card and an ID such as a license. We will either call you or send you an email (if we have your email on file) when your items become available.

How do I access my account online?

You can access your account online with a PIN number. You may obtain a PIN at the library by presenting your library card and an ID such as a license. With a PIN number, you can see what items you currently have checked out, when the items are due, any fines you have accrued and the status of items you have put on hold or requested from other NOBLE libraries.

If we have your email address on file, we will send you an email reminding when your items are due back to the library.

How do I join a book group at the library?

  • Morning Book Group

The Morning Book Discussion Group meets the second Tuesday of the month (except July and August) from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Gordon Room. The group is self-directed and members choose all book titles. The library obtains copies of the current selection and makes them available to Book Group members.Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Jim Riordan at (978) 774-0554.

  • Evening Book Group

The evening book group meets the second Monday of the month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. in the Director’s Office. Titles are chosen by group consensus and the library obtains copies for Book Group members. Newcomers are always welcome.

How do I take part in the Outreach Service?

The Peabody Institute Library’s Outreach Delivery Program provides library materials to homebound residents of Danvers each month. Library staff selects books and other materials according to the preferences of the homebound library users. To be eligible for the service you must be a Danvers resident and unable to come to the library due to a permanent condition, or a temporary condition that will last for six weeks or more. For example, you are no longer able to drive, have mobility problems, require extended bed rest, or have a broken leg.

To participate, please download and fill out the form linked to below and mail it to the Peabody Institute Library. The Outreach Librarian will contact you to discuss materials selection and a delivery schedule.

How do I reserve museum passes online?

For more information on the online museum pass reservation process, click here.

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