In Lynn, Massachusetts in 1815 a “Social Library” was created. In 1818 that library was chartered by Legislature and the following year it housed an impressive 205 volumes. In 1850 those 205 volumes were transferred to the Natural History Society, then the Library Association obtained them in 1855 and added 2000 volumes. In 1862 all the volumes were given to the city to create a Free Public Library and later that same year it was established, located at the corner of Tremont and Market Streets. The collection included 27,000 volumes by 1876. In 1900 the George A. Moore designed the building that houses the present library was opened. Located at 5 North Common Street, the building is listed as a National Historic Site.
Today the Lynn Library has nearly 125,000 volumes and an impressive Reference collection that preserves Lynn’s history. As one of the twenty-eight libraries that comprise NOBLE, the North of Boston Library Exchange, Lynn Public Library is quite remarkable. Beyond loaning books, the Library also provides Lynn residents with an assortment of free and low-cost passes to area attractions and museums. To receive these passes you must simply provide your NOBLE library card, and you may reserve ten passes per thirty days. This historic institution is yet another reason why moving to Lynn is a must-consider option for prospective homebuyers.