Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am -8:30pm
Thurs.:1 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: Closed

Childrens Room Hours

Mon.&Tues.:10 am - 8:30 pm
Wed.: 10 am - 6 pm
Thurs.: 1 pm - 6 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: Closed

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Holiday Closing


The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

Free Kaplan PSAT Practice Test Sat. Sept. 12th

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12th 10:15am – 1:15pm

This school year, the Classes of 2017 & 2018 will be facing the first administration of the New PSAT with the New SAT in the spring. Understanding the implications of the new test is particularly confusing for many families. To help students build confidence and explore the New PSAT & SAT we have arranged for a Free PSAT Practice Test from Kaplan Test Prep Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:15 AM– 1:15PM. Swampscott Public Library will be offering students the FREE opportunity to familiarize themselves with the features of the PSAT including:

    • Heart of Algebra
    • Longer Test Sections
    • Greater Number of Math Word Problem
    • Cross Test Sections
    • Lots More Reading

Each student will receive a score report detailing his or her performance on the practice PSAT. Students should bring sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. YOU MUST PREREGISTER. CALL 1-800-KAP-TEST OR REGISTER AT

Ongoing Groups Meeting in September


If you love to read and cook and eat, then this is the book club for you. Our reading materials will be cookbooks and discussion will revolve around great food and fun recipes. Every month we will select a different cookbook to focus on, some by local authors. We will have volunteers prepare something from the cookbook. We will meet the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next meeting will be Monday, September 28th, with a discussion of cookbooks by Ruth Reichl.



In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the Swampscott Library Film Forum will screen a film, and then have a discussion. We will see interesting, challenging movies that are slightly off the beaten path–but well worth watching and discussing. The Forum will meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm. On September 24th, we will meet in the Children’s Room because of a scheduling conflict. We are going to try something different and watch and discuss three shorts. They are:
Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou
This 1929 short film by the Spanish director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali has one of the most famous scenes in film history. (See above). It uses dream logic and Freudian and many other types of symbolism to express suppressed human emotions. A seminal work that defines Surrealism.
Maya Deren’s Meshes in the Afternoon
A later surrealist or experimental film, with the emphasis on the dream logic of a woman, who struggles to interpret her own experiences subjectively. It will be quite interesting to compare Deren with Dali in their different approaches to symbolism within the two movies.
Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet
Because we all love Jean Cocteau.

Practically Speaking English

This program is a chance for our Russian population to come in and practice their skills in communicating in English. The group will be lead by a non-Russian speaker to encourage members to only participate in English. The group will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am for more experienced speakers. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.

Knitting Club


Join the Needlers a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets weekly, every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. Crocheters are welcome to join our group. We make our own projects or items to be donated to charity. Members can be beginners or experts.


The Needlers have started a drop-in knitting group welcome to anyone who wants to stop by and knit or crochet. The group meets weekly, every Thursday at 1:00pm.

Computer Club: Technology Travelers


Do you feel left out when people begin talking about Facebook, or social networking, Internet, emails and Pinterest? Would you like to become part of the 21st century? Then join our computer club. It meets on Thursday mornings from 10am -11am. This club is basically for all the newcomers to technology; so don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know how to access any of these sites. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate. It should be a fun group with no pressure, just some exposure to all of these new things that are around for us to see. This, however, is also a club where those knowledgeable in technology might want to come by and share their knowledge with others. You can join any time and you must be comfortable using the mouse. Just come by the library at 10:00am on Thursdays. The library is closed, so just knock with your keys on the door and we will let you in. No preregistration is required for the class.

Brunch Bunch Book Group


Join us at noon for a book discussion/playgroup time. Moms can have light lunch and coffee while they discuss the month’s selection and children can have lunch and juice/water and play or do a craft. The group will meet in the Children’s Room and three staff members will be present. Our selection for Monday, September 28th at noon will be Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. You do need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. Come and give it a try, we think that this may be an enjoyable way to spend a lunchtime. To register call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00pm and the topic will be Rivers, Lakes, and Streams and Mystery. You bring your book and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and discussion! New members welcome.

Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, September 29thth at 7:00pm to discuss What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.



Interested in a day time book club at the library? Our afternoon book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm. We will be meeting Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00pm to discuss Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. New members welcome!


Lou Gallo and his town historians will be starting their 20th year with a meeting on Friday, September 4th at 10am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!


Would you like to help with the Book Sale for an hour or two? We can use help with getting all the books out on Wednesday, September 23rd, working at the Sales Desk during the sale, and helping with the final clean up at the end on Sunday, Sept. 27th. Please sign up at the Reference Desk or by emailing Thank you!



The library website will soon have a fresh new look thanks to a grant from the MBLC. The redesigned website will have a clean new look, new features, and a responsive design for easier use on mobile devices. Patrons will now be able to register for library programs online and use a new app to print from their laptops to library printers while they are in the library. We are also adding a zoom feature which allows patrons to enlarge the type size for easier viewing. Other popular features include online museum pass reservations, free Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks, Wowbrary lists of our newest purchases, and free access to web resources such as Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research, Mango Languages, and TumbleBooks for kids. Patrons can also log into their library accounts to look up titles, renew books and place holds. The new site should be up and running in early September and will have the same address as our current site:
Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

New DVD’s New Location


New DVDs! New location!
Come in and check out our fall selection of new DVDs! DVDs are now located on the spinning racks in front of the big window to the right of the lobby. Television shows go out for two weeks, and movies go out for one week.

New movies:

Citizenfour – The acclaimed documentary on Edward Snowden.
Danny Collins – Al Pacino and music.
Chappie – A sci-fi allegory by the director of the brilliant District 9 and Elysium.
Paul Blart – Mall Cop 2 – The title says it all.
Clouds of Sils Maria – Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche as fellow actors. Four stars from everyone.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – The second installment with the addition of Richard Gere.
Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren as a woman working to get her Jewish family’s art back.
Insurgent – David Part 2 of the Divergent Series.
Far From the Madding Crowd – We have both the new Cary Mulligan version and the BBC Julie Christie version. Pick your heroine.

New Television Series:

Deadwood – The classic HBO series starring Timothy Oliphant pre-Justified, and Ian McShane, in the Very, Very Wild West after the Gold Rush.
The Crimson Field– BBC series on the nurses of World War 1.
How to Get Away With Murder – Starring Viola Davis as a law professor who gets involved with a sordid homicide.
Orphan Black – Season 3 here now.
Last Tango in Halifax – Season 3, with Derek Jacobi.
Parks and Recreation – All seasons.
The Last Ship – End of civilization, except for one Navy ship. Season 1.

Check ‘em out!

Children’s Room Open Monday Evenings


Beginning Monday, July 6th, the Children’s Room will be open till 8:30pm on Monday nights.

Atomic Training

Software and technology training videos

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The Swampscott Library now subscribes to Atomic Training.  Atomic Training is a web based training resource that offers thousands of short video tutorials on more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs. The tutorials cover everything from computer basics to job skills and include such topics as Twitter, iTunes, Skype, and WordPress. These short videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program. Courses are updated regularly. Atomic Training is available to both Swampscott residents (with a library card and password) and walk in Library patrons.

• All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
• Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
• Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
• Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

Click on the Atomic Training icon above to create your account, login, and start learning!

Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Children’s Room Upgrade


Because of the generosity of the Smith family in memory of former Swampscott resident Mary Ellen Nestor Smith, the Children’s Room has established a technology area for our young people. We have added new computers, a printer, new “Makey-Makeys”, Play-a-ways and many more new and innovative items. Mary Ellen was a long time patron of the Swampscott Library and a school librarian. She loved children and technology and we are uniting both of her loves here in our Children’s Room.

Reserve Your Museum Passes Online

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have long provided our patrons with free or low cost passes to many wonderful museums. Now patrons can check the availability of these passes and place their reservations online, any time, day or night. Starting Monday, November 3rd, patrons can go to the Museum Pass page of our website to find the link to TixKeeper, our new online pass reservation system. Using their library card number to log in, patrons can view a calendar listing of all of our passes, see which are already booked, and place reservations all at their own convenience. TixKeeper also has links to each museum website so patrons can check for directions, hours and special exhibits. Patrons are also welcome to reserve passes by calling the Library Main Desk at 781-596-8867 x 300.
The library museum pass page can be found here:

Friends Name Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Eve Roberts the Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Eve Roberts is the unsung heroine type – no fuss, just quietly working away year after year to help the library. She volunteers at the annual book sale, sending out the newsletter, and in the Children’s Room. Too many hats, you say? Not for Eve – she does it all! Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.

Wowbrary – Newest Items @ Swampscott Library

Wowbrary: An exciting new way to enjoy the Swampscott Public Library


The Swampscott Public Library buys many new books, movies, and CDs each year. Now you can receive a free weekly email showcasing the latest arrivals at the library. You’ll learn about many new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children’s titles, health books, science fiction, and more. With this information you can place a hold on any Swampscott Public Library book, DVD or CD, and any hold can be picked up at the branch of your choice.

Sign up for your free Wowbrary emails at Wowbrary.


We want to thank the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for its recent donation in support of STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) enrichment and activities at the Swampscott Public Library. We are grateful to be able to offer more of these programs. In fact, iRobot, a Massachusetts robotics company, has agreed to bring some robots here in the near future. Watch the newsletter for details!

Writing Group Seeks New Members – Is writing a book one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Working on that novel or biography? Want feedback from other writers? A writers group meets at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. New members are welcome.

Greening the Library Newsletter


Do you want to save a tree? The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. pays to send the printed library newsletter to members of the Friends. However, if you’d prefer to get an e-mail alerting you to the availability of the updated newsletter on the library’s website, please e-mail the Swampscott Public Library at swa @

Thank you.

Food Pantry

Now that the holidays are over, please don’t forget those less fortunate. Our box for donations to the Food Pantry at St. John’s Church will still be in the lobby.

New Ways to Connect to Swampscott Public Library



Did you know we have a Twitter account? Yes, you can follow Swampscott Library for tweets about upcoming programs or snow closings.

Also, we have a Pinterest account. What’s that? It’s a place where you can see book lists from the Swampscott Public Library. There are lists for all ages–children’s books, young adult books, and books for adults. You get to see the cover of the book and can read a short description of the plot.
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Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.

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Town Annual Reports now available online!

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Did you know that the schools paid $2.50 to have their privies cleaned in 1865? That the town issued 65 licenses to keep chickens in 1942? Or that there were 122 babies born in Swampscott in 2010? (Sixty six boys and fifty six girls!) The Town Annual Reports are now available online through the library web site. From budgets to town meeting votes to departmental activities, these reports are a rich source of information about the Town of Swampscott. Take a look to see what you can find! The link can be found below and on our “Local History” page.

Swampscott Town Annual Reports

Click on the link above.
Click on “Browse Collection”.
Click on the year you wish to view.
On the left under “View the book” choose either “Read online” or “PDF”. (The “Read online” option tends to load more quickly.)

Thank you to the Boston Public Library for digitizing these reports. This project was funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Making Donations to the Library

Friends of the Swampscott Public Library is a 501c3 non- profit organization that accepts donations. It is dedicated to support the library by purchasing museum passes, providing a bi-monthly newsletter, and funding adult and children’s programming. The Friends also support other various needs of the library.
Swampscott Public Library investment Trust
Trustees of the Swampscott Library established this 501c3 to fund major capital improvements to the library. Donations can be made by contacting the library director.
General Monetary Gifts
With approval, the library can accept restricted and non-restricted monetary donations.
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If you purchase items through you can support the library by going to & selecting Swampscott Public Library as the entity you want to support. Once that is done, every time you purchase through, the library benefits.

Parking Information

Please be aware that patrons may park in the town hall parking lot in the evening and on weekends.