The Library is closed until further notice. Online resources, including downloadable books & movies, are available 24/7.
Contact the library through our chat service. You can also email us at rdesk@mhl.org or send a text to 978-315-6123.

Memorial Hall Library

MHL Closure / Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Memorial Hall Library is temporarily closed In order to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Sign up for MHL News to get updates from MHL and information about our online services during this closure.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any resources I can use while the library is closed?

Yes, the library began offering contact-free pickup of most library materials on May 18th and we will continue to offer that service until we reopen to the public. In addition, the library provides a wide array of digital materials. You can access ebooks, audiobooks and magazines, watch movies, TV shows, instructional videos and concerts, or check out a multitude of online resources.

Is there any way I can ask the library a question during this Coronavirus shutdown?

Yes. Librarians are monitoring emails sent to our reference desk at rdesk@mhl.org as well as our online chat service Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 1-5. You can use our chat service by clicking the "Ask Us" tab on any page of our website or our catalog. You can also send us a text to 978-315-6123 or use any of the contact forms/addresses on our Contact Us page to send us a question.

I have items out that are due. What do I do?

All items checked out will begin to come due on July 1st. The book drop is open for returns and if there is no label specifically prohibiting you from doing so, you may return your items in the book drop in the parking lot. Please contact the library if you want to return an item prohitibted from being returned in the book drop. Either way, you will not accrue late fines on materials checked out in Andover.

What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?

All patrons with items on the hold shelf have been contacted to arrange for curbside pickup. Patrons will be contacted one more time prior to reopening and items not retrieved will be reshelved or returned to their owning library.

Are interlibrary-loan services available? Can I place requests?

Book delivery and interlibrary-loan services have been suspended. While you can still place requests, they will take time to process, and no requests will be available for pickup until well after the library re-opens. We advise people to hold off on placing new requests until after the lbrary re-opens.

I'm trying to use online services but I don't have my library card number.

If you have a library card but don't know its number, email rdesk@mhl.org and we will email it to whatever email address we have on file for you. If this doesn't work, either because the email address we have on file for you is out of date or we have no email address on file for you, let us know and we will pass your request on to our Circulation Services department, which may be able to set up a temporary card for you.

If you've never had a card, or your card is so old that it is no longer in our system, register for a new card here.

I have my library card number, but I am having trouble accessing online services.

It may be that your card has expired. Contact us (see above) and we will try to re-activate it for you.

Can I drop off donations?

No, please hang on to materials you'd like to donate.

When will the library re-open?

At this time we don't know when the library will re-open. We continue to work on putting all necessary safety protocols in place. 

Where can I get more information about Covid-19 and the coronavirus shutdown?

The Town of Andover's web page at https://andoverma.gov/845/Information-on-Coronavirus has excellent local information, as well as links to COVID-19 specific pages on the websites of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the World Health Organization. It also has a link to a Resource Guide During COVID-19 document that lists local services pertaining to groceries & pharmacies, food pantries, transportation, elder services, unemployment benefits, and help hotlines.