Information Services


Information Services

The Information Services department provides current, high–demand and high–interest materials in a variety of formats for the Newburyport community. The Information desk is located on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Information Services librarians are available to help library users find information for their research, school, or personal interests. The library offers information in the forms of our in–library use print reference collection, our circulating fiction and non–fiction materials, as well as our extensive collection of current online and electronic resources.

Questions will be answered promptly by Information Services staff during regular library hours. Call us at 978– 465–4428, ext. 226, fax the library at 978–463–0394, or fill out an Item Request Form.


  • Library Catalog & Basic Research Assistance
  • Reading Suggestions
  • Interlibrary Loan Requests
  • Microfilm & Reader/Printer
  • Newburyport Daily News 1773–present
  • Copier: $0.15 per page and $0.35 per page for color copies. Please note that all photocopying is subject to copyright law
  • Proctoring Exams – call 978–465–4428 x224 for information

  • Reference Collection
  • Consumer & Health Information
  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Atlases & Maps
  • College Guides
  • Investment & Business
  • Computer Classes
  • Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Almanacs and more


Computers are available for public use on the 2nd floor in Information and Reference Services. Scanners and assistive technologies are available. Printing is available (black & white only) from all library public computers. Printing cost is $0.15 per page. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the Library. Public computers shut down 15 minutes before closing time.

Having trouble getting started on the computer?

The Library offers one–on–one computer lessons on the following: Introduction to Email, Basic Internet and Introduction to the Library Catalog. Call Information Services to schedule a lesson.

All computer users are expected to honor the Library's  Computer Use and Internet Policy.

Tax Forms

The IRS provides libraries with common Federal tax forms and publications – other forms can be photocopied from a book provided by the IRS or found online at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides limited general tax forms to libraries and these are available while supplies last. Other Massachusetts forms can be obtained online. Telephone help is available from the Andover IRS office at 978 474–5549, and IRS Telephone Assistance 1 800 829–1040. Library staff are not able to provide tax help.

Finding Information Online

Information Services

The Library has a variety of Online Resources available ranging from test prep to consumer health to business research. These resources include popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, and information from reference materials and original sources. See our Online Resources page to get started. Not sure what website you need? Don't know where to start? Check out our listing of websites by subject to help you find what you're looking for.

Interlibrary Loan Requests

The Newburyport Public Library is part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) and has access to over 2.5 million items throughout the 36 member libraries. If the item you want isn't at any of the MVLC member libraries, we can extend our search to include all Massachusetts libraries using Commonwealth Catalog. If you want a hard–to–find title (and it's not found in Commonwealth Catalog), Information Services staff can search libraries throughout the United States.


This is a great resource for getting popular materials that are checked out of or are not owned by Newburyport Public Library. You can request material online via the MVLC catalog or by contacting Information Services staff. Items requested through MVLC usually arrive within 7–10 days if there is no waiting list for the item. You will be notified by phone, email or text message when your items arrive.

Commonwealth Catalog

For items that are not owned by the member libraries of MVLC, requests for materials from other Massachusetts libraries can be made through the Commonwealth Catalog. The Commonwealth Catalog allows you to search multiple online library catalogs throughout Massachusetts. Requests for materials can be placed online via the Commonwealth Catalog using your library card number, or by contacting Reference/Information Services staff. Items requested through Commonwealth Catalog can take up to three weeks or longer to arrive. You will be notified by email or phone when your items arrive.

Out of State

You can request hard–to–find print material that is not owned in the MVLC or other Massachusetts library by contacting the Information Services staff at 978–465–4428 x226. There is a fee for this service.