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The Reference Department is located on the second floor of the library and is staffed during library hours.
The Reference Department can be reached by phone during normal business hours by calling the library at 978.468.5577 ext.19
You can email your question to Sarah Lauderdale, Head of the Reference Department by sending your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. It may take up to 48 hours for a response.
Nine computers with access to the library catalog, the Internet, Microsoft Word and Excel are available for public use on the second floor, near the Reference Desk. Click here to read our Computer Use Policy. The library also offers wireless access to the Internet on both first and second floors. For more information, please see our Wireless Network Information below.
Your library card entitles you to access thousands of full-text magazines and newspaper articles, encyclopedia and reference book excerpts, TV and radio transcripts, e-Book collections, downloadable audio books and fiction guides.
Online Electronic Resources - resources purchased by the state or consortium. Includes Overdrive (downloadable audio books), Massachusetts Newsstand, Infotrac, and much more!
Hamilton-Wenham Electronic Resources - resources purchased by the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Includes Ancestry.com (available only in the library), Booklist Online, Global Road Warrior, Heritage Quest, World Geography, Salem Press Health and History, and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
There are current genealogy books and information in the reference area. The Dewey Decimal numbers for genealogy books are in the 929's. We also have pamphlets listing pertinent books and web sites.
In addition to our Rocket Languages online tutorial program, and to various print and audio language learning materials, our library also offers the extensive IN ENGLISH video language learning course: an excellent tool for personal learning and for teaching ESL, regardless of language of origin. DVDs are available through our catalog; PDF workbooks for the DVDs can be downloaded here. Be sure to match the right DVD with the right workbook!
Volume 1, Unit 1
Workbook Volume 1, Unit 2
Workbook Volume 1, Unit 3
Workbook Volume 1, Unit 4
Workbook Volume 2, Unit 5
Workbook Volume 2, Unit 6
Workbook Volume 3, Unit 7
Workbook Volume 3, Unit 8
Workbook Volume 4, Unit 9
Workbook Volume 4, Unit 10
Workbook Volume 5, Unit 11
Workbook Volume 5, Unit 12
The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library has a local history collection that can be accessed during normal library hours. To gain access to this collection you need to speak with the reference librarian. These items can only be viewed one item at a time on the second floor of the library. We do hold either a library card or license while you view the materials. The library has town annual reports, vital statistics and the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle (since 1949), and many other useful materials. To view a PDF list of our closed stack collection please click here.
Tom Juergens' brief local history piece, Hamilton's Constabulary & Police, From Its Founding to the Cold War, is available on our website via this link.
Jack Hauck's local history book, Treasures of Wenham History, is available on our web site via this link. Forthcoming chapters will cover Wenham schools, the Wenham Tea House, the old Wenham Library, Wenham during wartime, and local government.
Magazines and Newspapers
Visit our Magazines and Newspapers page for information about the titles to which our library subscribes.
Additionally, by using our online databases you may access articles from the Boston Globe (1980 to present) and the Boston Herald (1997-present) as well as thousands of magazine articles, including Consumer Reports.
Except for the newest releases, which are located in the New Book section on the first floor, all music CDs and tape cassettes are kept in spinning racks on the second floor.
The non-fiction collection is located on the second floor of the library. These books are organized by subject and shelved by Dewey Decimal number. For example, you can find books on medicine in the 610s.
Biographies are located at the end of the non-fiction collection. These books are organized by the subjects' last name. They have a call number of "B" and the the last name of the biographee.
Young adult non-fiction books and young adult biographies have a Y designation and are interfiled with our adult non-fiction collection. For example, you will find Y 808.02 HEN (The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published by Kathy Henderson) side by side with 808.02 MAG (Getting Published by David Magee). Children's non-fiction books have a J designation and are on the first floor in the Children's room.
Hamilton-Wenham's OV (Oversized) collection is divided into two groups due to space considerations. OV Red Dots and OV Yellow Dots alternate, spending half the year on the first floor in Periodicals and half the year in our second floor Closed Stacks. If you are unsure of where an OV book is, ask a librarian. If you need one retrieved from the Closed Stacks, ask a librarian.
Here is an example of a call number for the OV book Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy by John Eaton: OV 910.4 EATON Red Dot.
One black and white photocopier is available. Copies cost .15 a page for 8 1/2 X 11 and 8 1/2 X 14.
One black and white printer is hooked up to all of the computers for your printing needs. Prints cost .15 a page.
Our Reference Collection is located on the second floor of the library and contains over 800 volumes of print materials. Reference books all have a call number that begins with "R" and a yellow sticker on the spine label that says "Reference". These books can not be checked out.
The library has three study rooms on the second floor. Two of the rooms are for one or two people and the third room can hold as many as six people. The rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis and may be used for up to three hours a day. To use a study room, patrons must sign in for it at the reference desk.
The library has paper copies of the state and federal tax forms on the second floor of the library near the reference desk. You can also find reproducible versions of most tax forms at the following web sites.
*Federal forms, publications, and information: www.irs.gov
*State forms, publications, and information: www.dor.state.ma.us
*Forms and information for other states: www.1040.com
The library offers wireless "WiFi" access for users with properly equipped laptops. Please see our Wireless Access Point Policy for more information.