The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers has announced some upcoming changes as part of an effort to improve user access and experience

Starting May 1, all circulating materials in the Library will go out for a two-week loan period with up to five renewals — for most items — and have an overdue fine of just 10 cents per day.

The Library will be closed April 25-27 to reorganize collections on the first, second and third floors. These changes will result in a simpler, more easily navigable layout and more effective use of the Library’s 1891 classical revival building.

The Library has also expanded its Library of Things collections to include toys, tools, games and musical instruments. The Danvers Library of Things launched in March and now includes ukuleles, guitars, American Girl dolls, stud finders, telescopes, tool kits, soil testers, record players and more. These sorts of collections have become more common in recent years, but have existed in some form or another for over a century. During World War II, tools were being melted down for the war effort and therefore difficult to obtain, so some libraries lent out tool kits. The Library of Things allow users to learn new skills and perform useful tasks without an up-front cost.

The Library will establish an “Express Collection” comprised of best sellers and other high-demand titles. These materials will be available on a walk-in basis only and will not be renewable.

These changes are designed to make the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers easier to use and to provide new reasons to come to the Library.

For information, contact Library Director Alex Lent at or 978-774-0554.