Archives Special Summer Walk-In Hours

Need some help getting started on researching your Newburyport home for If This House Could Talk? Or are you researching your family history in Newburyport?

Whatever your question is in relation to Newburyport history, we are happy to connect you with the resources that we have available. You can get started by seeing what we have available by visiting our Archival Center page and clicking on Genealogy Research, House History Research, Local History Research, or Collections.

In addition to our regular hours, the Newburyport Archival Center is offering special Drop-In House History Research Help on Wednesdays 2-4PM until July 24th.

There are also Special Summer Walk-In Hours from 9am to 12pm on the following Saturdays: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, and August 10.

Need help on a different date or time? Please view the Archival Center Hours here or contact us at 978-465-4428 or by emailing While appointments are encouraged during certain times so that we can better assist you, you can always feel free to stop by the Archival Center (basement level) or Reference Desk (second floor) to check on availability.

Newburyport Public Library Board of Directors Meeting – now hybrid

As of 1:17 pm today, we are offering the upcoming Newburyport Public Library Board of Directors meeting in hybrid format. The meeting will also be open for in person attendees and will be held in the Program Room on the first floor of the library.

Please review the full Zoom invite information below:

Link to the Zoom Meeting
Full link:

Meeting ID: 814 4930 9599
Passcode: 805616

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Passcode: 805616

Newburyport Literary Festival

Join the Newburyport Literary Festival as it celebrates its 19th year! Events will be hosted in various locations around Newburyport. To view the schedule of events, please click here.

The Newburyport Public Library will host the following events on Saturday, April 27th:

9:30 AM: Celebrations of the Season: A Conversation with Nina MacLaughlin

Nina MacLaughlin’s Winter Solstice: An Essay “takes your breath away with lyrical leaps across time and space.” MacLaughlin (Wake Siren: Ovid Resung; Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter and the companion to Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice) looks at the season through every lens, from hot chocolate to waiting until just the right moment to light a candle so a passing stranger might see it go on. In conversation with Josh Bodwell.

Presenter: Nina MacLaughlin
Moderator: Josh Bodwell

11:00 AM: Colonialism, Racism, and the Cosmos: A Conversation with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s award-winning novel Digging Stars blends drama and satire in the story of a young graduate student who is poised to attain her dream of researching the cosmos but is plagued by anxiety attacks she calls “The Terrors” and forced to grapple with questions about the life and death of her late astronomer father. Tshuma will be in conversation with author Yvette Lisa Ndlovu (Drinking from Graveyard Wells).

Presenter: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Moderator: Yvette Lisa Ndlovu

1:00 PM: Enlightened Transsexual Comix with Sam Szabo and Nikole Beckwith

In Enlightened Transsexual Comix, artist and Newburyport native Sam Szabo has created a world where a “raw, uncut heroine roams the wasteland in defense of trans rights and trans wrongs.” This subversive collection of work is “a psychedelic stew of social satire and gonzo gender theory.” In conversation with director, screenwriter, and playwright Nikole Beckwith.

Presenter: Sam Szabo
Moderator: Nikole Beckwith

3:00 PM: Perfect Murders and Twisted Trails

Join two contemporary mystery writers at the top of their game as they discuss their newest novels with local crime writer Connie Hambley. In Blood Sisters, Vanessa Lillie introduces us to a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women—one of whom is her sister. In The Kind Worth Saving, Peter Swanson brings us a private eye who starts to follow a possibly adulterous husband, but little does he know that the twisted trail will lead back to the woman who hired him. How do the authors’ visions of the perfect murder inform each mystery they write?

Presenters: Vanessa Lillie and Peter Swanson
Moderator: Connie Hambley

To request any titles featured in the Newburyport Literary Festival, please call 978-465-4428.

Strategic Plan

The Library is currently working on our next strategic plan. Please click here for updates. As more information is released, we look forward to sharing the results with our community.

Library Board of Directors

The Newburyport Public Library is governed by a twelve member Board of Directors. The Mayor is the Chairman ex–officio, the President of the City Council is an ex-officio member, there are three trustees of the Building Fund who are self–perpetuating members of the Board, seven board members are appointed for seven year terms, and the Head Librarian is Secretary to the Board.

Click here to visit the city page with more information, which includes audio / visuals of our most recent board meeting.

City Preliminary Election Voting Location

The library will be a polling place for residents of Ward 2 on Tuesday, September 19th. Residents can cast their vote from 7am to 8pm in the Program Room. Staff will be here to direct residents to the Program Room during the early morning hours the library is closed.

We are excited to offer residents of Ward 2 a place to vote this year and ask that our regular library patrons excuse the increased foot traffic coming in and out of the building throughout the day.

Archival Center Now Open

We are excited to share the good news—the Archival Center is again available for public access. All Archival services are available on a walk-in or appointment basis.

Please pardon our dust as we await a few finishing touches over the next few weeks with some new furniture.

Find out more about our Archival Center here:, or give us a call: 978-465-4428 x231.

Social Service Drop-in Support

The City’s licensed professional social worker Trish Boateng offers regular drop-in hours at the Newburyport Public for any Newburyport resident who may need assistance on behalf of the City of Newburyport. Consultations and referrals are confidential and free to all. Get connected with assistance for food, housing, transportation, health, child care, or other necessities.

Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

Time: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm

Availability: First-come, first-served. Evening hours can be accommodated by appointment only.

See our event calendar for additional information.