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You’ve got questions?  We’ll get your answers!

The Boxford Town Library Reference Department now has a convenient online form for you to use to submit your questions.

Whether you are looking for:

  • Technology Assistance
  • Local history
  • Information on a specific topic
  • What to read next
  • …and so much more!

Beth Safford, our Reference librarian will take your request information, and get back to you with the information you need.

CLICK HERE to access the online form.

Curbside Pick-Up Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for using our new Curbside Pick-Up Service.  As we have been working with you on processing your requests we’ve responded to a few commonly asked questions.  If you have -questions regarding Curbside Pick-up, we may have already answered the same question posed by one of your neighbors.  As we discover more frequently asked questions, we will add them to this post.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers

“I returned my items, why are they still showing on my account?”
Once items are returned in the book drop, they must be quarantined and be processed through a different workflow for a period of time before they can be checked-in.  This can take up to 7 days
“How long will my checkouts be on the curbside pick up cart?”
Checked out materials will be on the cart for one week from the time you receive notice that they are ready.
“Where do I return materials from the library?”
Please return all items in the book drop box outside the front entrance to town hall.
I placed a hold but I haven’t been contacted yet.
We are working our way through the holds lists for Boxford itemsStatewide delivery is not running so we cannot process interlibrary loans at this time. You will be personally contacted by phone or email when your hold is ready. 
“You contacted me yesterday about a hold to pickup and then you contacted me again today, why?”
As we work our way through the requests unfortunately we are not always able to pull every one for a patron or family at once. We will continue to contact you daily if there are new holds.
I placed a hold back in March do I need to place another hold for this item?
No, your hold is still there. We appreciate your patience as we work through the requests.
“Can I still get books from other Libraries?”
Although we are not able to have items shipped to the Boxford Town Library, you can still get items from neighboring town libraries. If you visit the website of our neighboring town libraries, Georgetown, North Andover, Topsfield, and Middleton, etc., you can find out about their Curbside services.  If you go through their catalog portal you can see their items.  After you find one of their items you would like to borrow, place a hold on that item. You will need to set the pick-up location to be that library. It is a more roundabout way of getting items from other libraries, but does allow you to get an item from another library if we don’t have it.

If your question is not among these, please feel free to reach out to us.
The Library’s phone number is : 978-887-7323
Our email address for patrons questions and requests is:

Hot Off the Virtual Press

Welcome to Hot off the Virtual Press.  Library staff are working hard to gather online resources.  Each release has links and suggestions on how you can do a variety of things from access information online, find reading material, and so much more.  Each link below will open up a PDF.  Each PDF will have links and suggestions.  New editions will be added so come back and see what’s new.

May Editions of Hot Off the Virtual Press

April Editions of Hot Off the Virtual Press

March Editions of Hot off the Virtual Press

Virtual Library Services

The Boxford Town Library, in cooperation with Local, State and Federal agencies, will remain closed to the public until further notice.  The State has asked that social distancing by encouraged and supported.  Your Library is here to help you through this unprecedented time by offering virtual services.

The Library Staff offer you the following:

  • To Be Read: Library Material Request Service
  • Ask-A-Librarian Information Requests
    • Research staff will respond to information requests
  • Hot off the Virtual Press: E-Content to keep you engaged, entertained and informed
    • Library Staff will be sending out a series of theme based emails and social media posts with links to a variety of links to virtual content.
    • These posts will also be gathered and made available below

Online Storytimes and Interactive Authors

Curbside Pick-Up Service

The Library will be offering a Curbside Pick-up Service. 

  • Safe: All items for checkout have been quarantined for at least three days according to CDC guidelines
  • Contactless: Your items are in a closed bag on a cart outside the Library
  • Convenient:  No pick-up appointments needed.  Come anytime Monday through Thursday (10 am to 6 pm) and Fridays (10am to 3 pm).

This is how it works:

First, submit a request to the Library for the materials you would like to borrow

  • Online through the MVLC online catalog (
  • Speak to a staff person by calling 978-887-7323 (M-Th 10-6, Fri 10-3)
  • Leave a voicemail message any time (Please include your full name, library card number along with your request)
  • Send us an email ( (Please include your full name, library card number along with your request)

Second, the Library Staff will gather the items you would like to borrow (books, CD’s, DVD’s, audiobooks)

Third, your items will be checked-out to your Library Account and you will be contacted.

  • We will either call or email you depending on your Library Account preferences
  • Please allow 30 minutes from the time of your email or phone call for the Library Staff to put your items on the Curbside Pick-up Cart

Finally, pick-up your items at the front door of Town Hall from the Curbside Pick-Up Cart.

  • Items will be in a bag with a labeled with the borrower’ full name and checkout date.
  • Each bag will include a copy of an itemized due date slip.
  • Items can be picked-up Monday through Thursday (10 am-6 pm) and Fridays (10 am–3 pm)

Items not available for Curbside Pick-Up Service

  • Items from other Cities and Towns
    • Deliveries from other MVLC Libraries and statewide Inter library loans are still suspended. These will become available when statewide delivery resumes. The date when delivery resumes is still to be determined.
  • Kindles
  • Play-a-Way Launchpad tablets
  • Wi-fi Hotspots
  • Telescope

Item Returns:

  • All returns have to go into the outside book drop.
  • All returns have to be quarantined for at least three days before they can be checked in.
  • You may find the book drop full due to a greater return rate than we are used to.  Please come back another day to return your items rather than leaving them outside the book drop.
  • Until state-wide delivery resumes, please refrain from returning books from other Town Libraries.  All late fees for Non-Boxford items are being waived at this time.

MVLC Adds New Service for Library Users

We are happy to announce the launch of a new service for Library Users, Author Alerts.

Now you can be alerted of the latest purchase by your favorite author or audiobook performer made by any MVLC Library.

Simply sign up for Author alerts, enter your favorite authors and or audiobook performers. and you’re done.  Click here to sign up for Author Alerts

Also, as an added bonus, the alert with provide you with a link to the item enabling you to place a hold/request the item.

Sit back, relax and let the news about the latest purchase written by your favorite authors come right to your email or text inbox!

For this new service and other helpful reading resources visit our Reader’s Corner

Friends of the Boxford Town Library: Feasting with Mark Twain Fundraiser

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, September 16

Feasting with Mark Twain

Friends of the Boxford Town Library Fundraiser

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: ifarm, 55 Towne Road, Boxford, MA

Come and share in a buffet dinner, prepared by community members, that will feature the foods Mark Twain longed for while traveling in Europe.

Following dinner, local Twain aficionado, Bill Sherman, will bring Mark Twain’s life and travel alive.

Ticket Pricing Information:
Advance Ticket Sales Only
Regular Price: $50.00 per person
Twain Literary Circle Price: $100.00 per person.  Literary Circle members will receive a special gift.
Register and purchase tickets at the Boxford Town Library, 7A Spofford Road, 978-887-7323
Download registration form and return to the Library with you payment
Purchase your tickets online (Link brings you to the iFarm website)

All proceeds to benefit the Boxford Town Library.

Discussion of a Potential Library Renovation – Updates

On Monday, August 12, 2019, The Library Trustees approved the use of conceptual drawings to begin the discussion of a potential Library renovation with stakeholders, including Town Governance boards.  The conceptual drawings were prepared by MED Designs, owned and operated by Boxford resident Miika Ebbrell.
To view the drawings click on the link provided below:
link to conceptual drawings for potential Library renovation

Three listening sessions were held to gather feedback from Town Hall employees (8/28, & 9/3) and Library Employees (9/11/19).
To view options developed from feedback gathered at stakeholder listening sessions click on the link provided below:
link to options developed from stakeholder listening sessions