Hours & Information

Library Reading Room

Hours & Information

Reference hours for the off-site Phillips Library Reading Room are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am–4:30 pm. Approved Visiting Researchers may make appointments to visit on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm.

Reference line: 978-745-9500 ext. 3053
Email: research@pem.org

Visiting the Reading Room

The Reading Room is temporarily located at 1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts while the Salem facility is being renovated.

Visitors must check in with the security guard. Visitors are required to leave coats, briefcases, backpacks, handbags and pens outside of the Reading Room. Laptop computers, notebooks and pencils may be brought inside. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.

All researchers must register with the librarian at each visit. Registration forms must be completed once a year.

Photocopy requests must be approved by the librarian. When the physical condition of the item makes it possible, photocopies will be made by the library staff; patrons are not allowed to make any photocopies. A fee of $.50 per printed page or $1.00 per manuscript page will be charged for each copy. There will be at least a 48 hour turnaround time for photocopy requests to be processed. Librarians may be able to fill requests sooner, but patrons may expect a delay of 2-3 work days to have photocopying request to be fulfilled. Patrons must provide contact information for the librarians to process the photocopies. A $5.00 handling fee will be charged for up to 30 copies; $7.50 will be added to the cost for copy requests above 30 items. Copies from microfilm can be made by the library patron at the microfilm copier at $.50 per page.

Special arrangements can also be made to have photographs created of certain materials. Please ask the librarian for the appropriate pricing information and photograph-request forms.

(The above pricing information is subject to change.)