About Nevins Library

A picture of Nevins Memorial Library.

Growing Community

Historically, the Nevins Library brought together exceptional resources for education, personal growth, and community engagement. Today, we continue to build on that legacy for the people of Methuen and our neighbors by ensuring access to technology and materials that assist with learning and living, promoting literacy for all ages, and creating positive experiences that enrich lives and connect our communities.

At the Nevins Library, you’ll find a wide array of resources at your fingertips: media subscriptions, on-site collections, advanced databases, educational events, and support services. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff and volunteers are always available to help. It’s easy to see why the Nevins Library serves as the heart and center of our city—where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join in, express themselves, explore, and find inspiration.

Something for Everyone

  • E-Books Download your favorite materials for on-the-go learning and entertainment.
  • English-Language Programs Learn to speak English and improve your new language skills in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
  • Educational and Self-Help Programs Enjoy workshops, films, community art shows, and concerts.
  • Museum Passes Save money and discover local museums, parks, and family activities.
  • On-Line Resources Access dozens of databases for the most reliable information.
  • Kids and Teen Services Get homework help, join a reading group, or participate in fun events—including the largest year-round children’s program in the Merrimack Valley.
  • Book Group & Storytimes Choose from one of our eight book groups—designed for different interests and age groups.
  • Volunteer Opportunities Get involved. Become a literacy tutor, or help the Friends of the Library raise money for important services and programs.
  • Outreach Events Join in programs that embrace and celebrate our growing community.

Our History

Built in 1883 in memory of David Nevins Sr., the Library sits on a beautiful and inviting eight-acre campus of parkland in the center of Methuen—just minutes from I-495 and I-93. The Library’s Romanesque Revival style models the great libraries designed by Boston architect H. H. Richardson. In 2002, renovations updated the Nevins Library for the 21st century with a historically sensitive and elegant addition—featuring three public meeting rooms, updated technology, and large, comfortable reading rooms.

The Nevins Library is a private, non-profit organization that partners with the City of Methuen to maintain a modern, full-service public library for residents and visitors. Currently, the Library has a staff of 40 full- and part-time employees, and is overseen by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Supported with tax dollars, private funding, state aid, and donations, the Nevins Library contributes a variety of positive and helpful resources and programs to enrich our growing community.

Nevins by the Numbers

In 2016, the Nevins Library…

  • had 141,530 visitors
  • was open a total of 3,100 hours
  • circulated 278,949 books, magazines, dvds, and audio cds
  • answered over 26,451 reference questions
  • had attendance at youth programs in excess of 11,000 children and teens
  • had attendance at adult programs of over 9,000 people
  • had 88 volunteers giving 2,349 hours of service
  • served an average of 611 people per week for computer use
  • hosted over 1,181 meetings of community groups and classes
  • saved Methuen residents more than $20,000 by providing free passes for families to popular museums in the Greater Boston area

ADDITIONAL HISTORY OF THE NEVINS LIBRARY