Visit \\ Hours & Information
Visiting the Reading Room
The Phillips Library Reading Room is located at 306 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley, Massachusetts. Parking is free and widely available.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM*
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM*
By Appointment (2 business days' notice):
Monday and Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*Although appointments aren’t required during these times, we strongly suggest contacting the Reference Team prior to your visit, so that we can better serve you by having materials pulled from the stacks for your arrival, and to ensure a research station during your visit.
Please note that materials will not be paged within a half hour of closing time.
We are closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day, third Monday in February
Patriots’ Day, third Monday in April
Memorial Day, last Monday in May
Independence Day, July 4
Saturday, July 6
Labor Day, first Monday in September
Columbus Day, second Monday in October
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Saturday, November 30
Christmas Day, December 25
Saturday, December 28
The Phillips Library is free and open to researchers of all ages and levels of interest in our collections. The library does not lend materials, but any person interested in using the collections can register as a researcher and use materials in the library’s Reading Room. We are a closed-stack library. This means readers cannot browse the shelves themselves. Staff members will retrieve the requested items and bring them to patrons in the reading room. If you need assistance identifying materials, you can email us in advance at email@example.com or ask for help at the reference desk.
Visitors must present a recent photo id to the security guard on duty. Visitors are required to leave coats, briefcases, backpacks, handbags, pens, scanning equipment and all food and drink in lockers outside of the Reading Room. Laptop computers, notebooks, and pencils may be brought inside. Cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced or turned off.
All researchers must check in with a librarian upon arrival in the Reading Room. Registration forms must be updated once per calendar year acknowledging compliance with our current Reading Room policies. Our Reading Room can seat 14 researchers at a time; drop-ins will be accommodated on a first come first served basis. If we have reached our capacity, you may be asked to wait in the lobby until space becomes available.