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Nahant Public Library

History of the Library

The Nahant Public Library was founded in 1819, with a gift of “ten hundred books” from visitor William Wood to the town. It is one of the oldest municipal collections in Massachusetts (Franklin’s is the oldest). Our library became a free public library in 1872. The present library building was designed by the Boston firm of Ball and Dabney, and opened June 1, 1895. It was the first electrified building in Nahant.

Board of Trustees

Christine Stevens, Chair
Daniel P. Munnelly
Anne Whiston Spirn

Friends of the Nahant Public Library


The Friends of the Nahant Public Library are organized to raise money to supplement  town funding of the Library. The Friends support the Library through book sales and bake sales and membership. The money raised is used for both adult and children’s programming . The Friends also support other needs of the library not funded by budget appropriations such as refinishing furniture, special book purchases, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, copier upkeep and other building needs.


To become a member or find out more, visit the Library or contact the Friends.

Robin deStefano |

– Individual memberships are $25
– Family memberships are $35
– Memberships are renewed annually in January


As of March, 2005, the Friends organization has registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a tax-exempt Corporation. This allows the Friends to accept donations that are tax deductible. Any donation over $250 will automatically be answered with a tax letter sent back to you. If you want a tax letter for donations under $250, you need only attach a note to your check and the tax letter will be sent. These special donations will go directly to repairs and expansion of your library.


Opening hours

Tuesday thru Friday 10-6