Obtaining a Library Card

A form of photo identification and a proof of address must be presented to obtain a library card. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport. If the form of ID lacks a current address, acceptable proof of address may be presented in the form of a piece of mail bearing the same name included on the photo identification, a utility bill, or a check from the bank. Proof of residency may be provided from out of state residents temporarily located in Everett to get an Out of State library card, which will allow for the same provisions as an in-state resident. Patrons that do not have a proof of address may obtain a Local Use Only card, which will allow them limited access to items and services provided by the Everett Public Libraries.

There are no age restrictions for obtaining a library card. If a child lacks the above forms of identification, they may present a school ID, school uniform, school planner, report card, school email bearing their full name, or an online school profile. If the school is located within Everett, the aforementioned forms of ID may also be considered acceptable proof of address. If the school is outside of Everett, the child must also present proof of address in order to obtain a library card. Children may also be granted a library card when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is able to provide a form of photo identification and proof of address. 

A library card will not be made without the presence of the individual applying for a card. Children must be present with an adult who would like a library card to be made for the child. All patrons will be required to write their name on their library card at the time of receiving the card.

Upon receiving a library card, a patron receives the right to use the Library and agrees to comply with its rules, pay all damages charged to their card, and to promptly report the loss or theft of their card, or a change of address. Patrons will be allowed the right to borrow materials circulated within the NOBLE network, as well as the Commonwealth Catalog.

All patrons will also receive a PIN for access to their account on the library’s website. Patrons may reset their PIN online with the provision of an email address on their account, or staff may reset a PIN in person for a patron when provided photo identification. PINs may also be reset over the phone provided the patron can correctly answer security verification questions including date of birth, physical address, and other personal information included on the patron account. 

Patrons may allow others to utilize their library card when given express permission to do so. Patrons must identify any other users by providing their first and last name to list on their account as a verified user, and must also indicate if they would like to allow others to Place Holds, Pick Up Holds, View Borrowing History, and/or Check Out Items on their account. If a library card is presented by a person other than the patron identified on the account, and they are not listed as an authorized user for that account, the library maintains the right to withhold the card and attempt to contact the patron using contact information listed on the account in order to verify the use of the library card.

Library cards are valid for a period of three years. Patrons will be notified within 2 weeks of the set expiration date to contact the library in order to confirm the information on their account is still up to date and have their library card renewed for another period of three years. 

In the event of a lost card, patrons are responsible for notifying the library immediately. Patrons will only be responsible for items checked out on the library card up to the date of reporting the loss. Patrons may request a replacement library card free of charge, but must provide photo identification and confirmation of information on the account in order to receive a replacement.


The Everett Public Libraries are no longer charging fines for overdue materials. Effective immediately, materials owned by the Parlin Memorial Library or Shute Memorial Library will not accrue any overdue fines, and any existing fines have been removed from patron records. 

However, patrons are still responsible for charges regarding lost or damaged materials, and a block will be placed on a patrons account to prevent further checkouts until a long overdue material is returned. In addition, fines and fees for items borrowed from other libraries will still apply depending on the owning libraries policies. 

To pay any fees or replacement costs, patrons may access their account online at everett.noblenet.org/eg/opac/home by using their library card number and PIN. Payments may be made with a credit card online, or in cash or check at the circulation desk at the Parlin or Shute libraries. For alternative payment options, patrons should ask to speak directly to the purchasing librarian for the materials in question.

For questions, please call (617) 394-2300 or contact Victoria Strand, Head of Circulation at vstrand@noblenet.org.


The Everett Public Libraries are members of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE). Patrons of the Parlin Memorial Library and Shute Memorial Library are allowed borrowing privileges within the NOBLE catalog as well as the Commonwealth Catalog, a shared catalog of all of the library systems in the state of Massachusetts. Loan and renewal periods for items borrowed from other libraries are subject to the policies of the owning library. 

Patrons are expected to present their library card at the time of checkout. If a patron does not have their library card, a valid form of photo ID may be accepted as an acceptable form of account verification. Without a library card or ID, patrons may be asked for verbal verification of account information including full name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address, or any other personal information on the patron record. 

Loan Periods and Renewals

Patrons may place a hold on any requested materials in the catalog, which will allow the materials to be sent to the patrons’ home library for pickup. Patrons will be notified by a phone call, email, or text message (notifications determined at the patrons’ discretion) when the hold is available and holds will be kept for a period of one week. After one week, the hold will be canceled from the patron account and the materials will be returned to the owning library.

The collections of the Everett Public Libraries circulate for periods of time determined by the type of item. See the chart below for the schedule of loan periods, renewals, and borrowing limits:

Item/Format Loan Period Renewals Borrowing Limit
Audiobooks (CD) 21 Days 1 No limit
Books 21 Days 1 No limit
COMCAT Items 28 Days 0 No limit
DVDs – New and others 7 Days 1 No limit
DVDs – TV Series 21 Days 1 No limit
Great Courses 21 Days 1 No limit
ILL (NOBLE libraries) 14 Days 2 No limit
Library of Things 21 Days 1 No limit
Magazines 21 Days 1 No limit
Museum passes (returnable) 3 Days 0 2
Music (CDs and Vinyl) 21 Days 1 No limit
NEW Fiction 14 Days 1 No limit
NEW Everything else 21 Days 1 No limit
Parlin Preferred 21 Days 1 No limit
Playaway Audiobooks 21 Days 1 No limit
Playaway Launchpads 21 Days 0 2
Shute Specials (DVD age hold for 1 month) 7 Days 1 No limit
Shute Staff Picks (books age hold for 1 month) 14 Days 1 No limit
Video Games 21 Days 0 2
Wifi Hotspots 21 Days 0 1


Patrons will be provided with a receipt with due dates for their items upon checkout, either printed or via email. Patrons may also receive email notices when items are due in 5 days, the day items are due, and when items are 7 days overdue. When items are 42 days overdue, patrons will be billed for the price of the item and will be blocked from placing holds, checking out, or renewing items. Patrons will be emailed an additional reminder notice when items are 6 months overdue, and may receive a phone call notifying them of overdue charges by a staff member.

Damaged, incomplete, or lost items

Staff members regularly inspect circulating items at check in and checkout to note the status of the contents and identify materials requiring repair or replacement. The Everett Public Libraries encourage patrons to bring to our attention any damage that may have gone unnoticed so we can appropriately note the condition of the item. When an item is returned in a condition that is considered damaged beyond repair, the last patron who had the item checked out will be billed for replacement of the item. The patron will be notified of the condition of the item and the replacement cost that has been applied to their account. 

If an item is returned with a piece missing, the patron will be contacted by staff to indicate what piece is missing. The item will remain checked out to the patron until the missing piece is returned. If the patron has lost the piece, the purchasing librarian will evaluate a replacement cost for the individual piece that will be charged to the patron for replacement. If the missing piece cannot be replaced individually, the patron will be responsible for the replacement cost of the entire set.

Patrons will have the option to purchase a replacement for a damaged or lost material under the discretion of the purchasing librarian. The replacement copy must be the exact same as the damaged item and must be in good condition. The provided replacement will be subject to review by library staff before the fee is waived.

The above policy applies only to items owned by the Parlin Memorial Library or Shute Memorial Library. Materials borrowed from other libraries are subject to the policies and fees applicable to the owning library. Patrons are encouraged to contact the owning library directly to resolve any bills or fees associated with their account.

Claims Returned

If a patron claims an item still checked out on their account was returned, library staff will perform a thorough search for the item within the library. If the item is discovered, it will be checked in and any fees associated with the item will be cleared. If the item is not located, library staff may mark it Claims Returned if it is owned by the Everett Public Libraries. For items owned by other libraries, patrons should contact the owning library. Patrons with repeated instances of Claims Returned materials on their account may have borrowing privileges suspended. 


The library proudly serves all residents of Everett and extends its services, on a reciprocal basis, to residents of other Massachusetts cities and towns. It also welcomes guests from other states and countries to utilize in-house resources or information available over the Internet. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.

Public libraries are defined in Massachusetts General Laws as “places of public accommodation.” Their doors are open to all. However, the use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or illegal or disruptive conduct on library premises. Failure to pay fines or other fees may result in the restriction of borrowing privileges, but will not result in denial of the use of the library building or in-house services.

Library borrowing privileges are an important and valuable asset and, as such, should be safeguarded along with checkbooks and credit cards.

Patron Responsibilities and Conduct:

It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain the standards of behavior outlined in the posted “Rules for Use of the Library” (printed below) in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. Patrons are asked remove hats, hoods and sunglasses while in the library with a sign posted at the door and circulation desk. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be referred to law enforcement officials.

Unattended and Vulnerable Children

The Everett Public Libraries encourage visits by young children and it is our desire to make these important visits both memorable and enjoyable for the child. Responsibility for children using the library rests at all times with the parent or caregiver, not with Library personnel. Parents must use their discretion in determining when their children are sufficiently mature and responsible to use the library unaccompanied by an adult. Parents and caregivers should keep in mind that our library is a public building. An unattended child is any young person who is using the public library unaccompanied by a responsible adult. A vulnerable child is any unattended child whose safety or well-being may be endangered or who is unable to care for his or herself. Because children develop and mature at different rates, there is no particular age at which all children are ready to cope with the variety of circumstances they may face alone in the library. Library staff must use their judgment and discretion in determining whether or not an unattended child is vulnerable or at-risk.

All children using the library must know how to reach a parent or a responsible adult in case of an emergency. Parents and caregivers should be familiar with the library’s hours of operation and should not leave children at the Library before opening or after closing. The Library may also be closed due to an unexpected emergency (storms, power outages, etc.). Parents should discuss arrangements and contingency plans for emergency pick-up with their children. Library staff will allow children who need to call a parent or responsible adult if closing approaches to use the telephone.

Library staff shall not remain alone after hours with a child who is left in the building. Under no circumstances is staff allowed to give a child a ride home. Staff will call the Everett Police Department to escort children who have been left in the building after closing.

A parent/responsible person should remain in the library while their young children attend a library program, in case of an emergency. To use the library’s Internet computers or online catalog, children under the age of nine must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. A bank of computers in the area of the Parlin Children’s Library, that serves the youngest patrons, provides access to a number of educational games. Children of all ages are invited to use these computers on their own.

Disruptive Behavior

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, recreational reading, computer use, program attendance and as a gathering place. The library staff realizes that the noise level in the building will rise after school and at other especially busy times. However, a child (whether with parents or not), a teenager or an adult who is being continually disruptive will be given a warning that the behavior must cease so that others may use the library or the person will be asked to leave the library. If, after a second warning, the individual continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If a child, who has been asked to leave, needs to contact a parent, they may do so and then wait with a staff person until the parent arrives.

Paging and Cell Phones

The Libraries do not have a system of paging individuals for telephone calls. If possible, staff will assist callers by letting people using the library know that they have a call. However, we will not make an exhaustive search of the building or call individuals back. Library telephones are for City business and may only be used by the public in an emergency.

The use of cell phones is limited to the lobby areas to avoid the disruption caused by multiple cell phone conversations.

Solicitation and petitions

Library patrons should not be disturbed by solicitations or the collection of signatures on petitions. These activities, however well intended, are not allowed on the premises.


The Public Libraries of Everett welcomes all residents of Everett, of Massachusetts and visitors to the Parlin Memorial Library and the Shute Memorial Library. People of all ages are encouraged to use the Libraries’ facilities for reference browsing, reading, study, and attending cultural programs. The Library can serve the community most effectively when everyone follows the rules adopted by the Board of Trustees.

  • The purposes of a library require a quiet environment.
  • Smoking is not allowed in any area of the Library.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any area of the Library
  • Damaging or defacing Library property is against Massachusetts Law. Violators will be prosecuted
  • Removing Library property or materials without checking them out is an act of larceny.
  • Bicycles must be left outside the Library. Skates, skateboards, and other athletic equipment may not be used inside Library buildings
  • Respect other’s right to use and enjoy the Library. Harassment or intimidation by threatening or offensive language, hygiene or behavior will not be allowed
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn in the Library
  • Hats, hoods and sunglasses must be removed in the Library.
  • Solicitation is not permitted on Library grounds or within Library buildings
  • Parents are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their young children
  • The Library reserves the right to examine any bags or parcels
  • Sleeping is not permitted on Library premises.
  • Cell phones may be used in lobby areas only.

Any person engaging in conduct inconsistent with the orderly operation of the Library of who fails to comply with these rules may be asked to leave the Library premises.


Your library record is confidential. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 78 Section 7 states that, “That part of the records of a public library which reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using the library shall not be a public record as defined by clause Twenty-sixth of section seven of chapter four.”

The Everett Libraries strive to protect the privacy of library patrons. No confidential information on library patrons will be revealed to the authorities without presentation of a subpoena or search warrant.

The Library retains only as much information as required to provide services.

Personal information on patrons will be discarded as soon as it is no longer needed. The Library keeps no permanent record of books or library materials that have been borrowed and returned, Internet signups, Internet sites visited, electronic databases used, or searches performed by patrons.

The U.S. Patriot Act allows federal authorities to apply for warrants to seize records of all types, including those from libraries. Library officials are prohibited from disclosing to any person that such records have been requested. The federal law supersedes local library policy and Massachusetts state law. Therefore, if a valid request is received from federal authorities, the Everett Libraries must and will comply.

In our networked, electronic environment, security can not be guaranteed. Because even the most secure networks have been vulnerable to unauthorized access, Library computer users must presume that the files they create and messages they send might read by others. The Library strongly recommends that computer users familiarize themselves with issues of privacy and security and take measures to protect their information.

The Library will allow parents or a guardian access to information about lost books or overdue fines incurred by their children, for whom they have financial responsibility.

When an individual signs up for a library card, we do not share the information, including name, address, birth date, telephone, and email address, with third parties and will only use the information for circulation purposes.

The Library may offer programs that require a specific signup, for example, an email newsletter. The information provided will not be shared with third parties and used only for the purpose authorized during sign-up.

The Library may offer programs that require third party access to library records. All such programs will require individuals who wish to use them to sign-up for them or to provide a bar code number. A disclosure will be made before proceeding and the user will be required to indicate acceptance of the conditions of use. This type of program will be limited to vendors who will provide written assurance to the library that they will confine their use of library records to the minimum required to provide their product or service.


The Everett Libraries provide materials and resources for information, entertainment, intellectual development, and enrichment of the people of the community. The library endeavors to:

  1. Select, organize, and make available books, audio-visual materials and information in a wide variety of formats.
  2. Provide guidance and assistance in the location, selection and use of library materials.
  3. Sponsor and implement programs designed to enhance the library experience.
  4. Secure information beyond its own resources when requested, using interlibrary loan and other resource sharing methods provided through the system and state.
  5. Lend to other libraries upon request.
  6. Develop and provide services to patrons with special needs.
  7. Maintain a balance in its services to various age groups.
  8. Cooperate with and enhance the educational experience, but not perform the functions of school or other institutional libraries.
  9. Provide service during hours which enable use of the library by all members of the community.
  10. Provide materials to our increasingly linguistically diverse community, including English as a Second Language resources.
  11. Regularly review library services being offered.
  12. Use media and other public relations tools to promote the full range of available library services.
  13. Work with other governmental and community agencies to coordinate and enhance services.


The Everett Public Libraries:

  • will provide information in the form of short answers to specific questions and guidance in locating material for patrons who appear in person, call on the telephone, or request information through email or written correspondence;
  • will assist patrons in the use of the Library and teach basic research skills, when appropriate (this includes providing help in developing a research strategy and advice on whether a trip to the Library would be worthwhile for individuals who telephone);
  • will provide bibliographic verification of items both in the Library and not owned by the Library and will assist patrons in obtaining materials through interlibrary loan, when appropriate;
  • may refer library users to other agencies and libraries in pursuit of needed information;
  • may use not only the Library’s resources in printed form, but consult appropriate digital resources as well as the regional resource library and other agencies by telephone in pursuit of information.
  • will take Reference questions in the order received. However, if a question cannot be answered quickly, librarians may ask to call a patron back.
  • will answer questions to the best of their ability but are not expected to conduct in-depth research or lengthy one-on-one training.


A “program” is a planned interaction between the library staff and the program participants for the purpose of promoting library materials, facilities, or services, as well as offering the community an informational, entertaining, or cultural experience.

Programming includes such activities as storytimes, films and activities on no-school days, summer library program for children and speakers for young adults and book or author discussion groups for adults.

Computer and Internet

Equipment Use

Desktop Computers
Availability and Access

Computers are available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. Library staff are available for assistance in using the computer. However, staff members are not expected to train patrons in the use of application programs. For more in-depth instruction, electronic tutorials and instruction books may be provided. Patrons are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with a librarian for individual assistance.

Library computers shut down 10 minutes prior to closing. Computer sessions are limited to 1 hour at a time, with the option to add extra time if no other patrons are waiting. The library’s computers will log patrons out and restart after 1 hour of use. Patrons are strongly encouraged to keep an eye on their remaining time and ask a staff member for extra time if needed.
If all workstations are occupied and a patron is waiting to use one, they must use the PCReservation system to sign up for the next available computer. Users are limited to 480 minutes (8 hours) of computer use per day, though this may be extended at the discretion of a librarian.

Computer use is available to all users of the library. Although obtaining a library card is encouraged, it is not a requirement to use a library computer. Temporary guest passes may be provided to patrons who do not wish to obtain one.


The library desktops are cleared at the end of each session. They are configured to delete any files, downloads, or personal information. Regardless, patrons are encouraged to take extra precaution by deleting any personal information saved to the computers and logging out of all accounts. Patrons who are concerned about privacy are also encouraged to use privacy features in web browsers such as Chrome’s Incognito Mode, Firefox’s Private Browsing, or Microsoft Edge’s InPrivate Browsing.

Age Limitations

Computers in the Children’s Library at the Parlin Library and Children’s Room at the Shute Library are provided primarily for the use of children up through grade 6. Older patrons may use computers in these areas when accompanied by a child or at the discretion of library staff.

Though children under grade 6 are encouraged to use the computers in the children’s department, there are no age restrictions on patron use of computers in the adult department of each Library. In order to allow computer access for patrons who are ineligible to use the children’s computers, younger patrons who are eligible may be asked to relocate to the children’s section.


Chromebooks are for in library use ONLY and may be borrowed with a valid library card. The borrower must read the internet use policy and an equipment agreement before checking it out. Chromebooks are limited to one checkout per person and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They must be returned by the end of the day. Chargers will NOT be checked out; if a Chromebook loses its charge while a patron is using it, they may return it and check out a charged one so long as another one is available.
If a Chromebook is damaged, lost, or stolen while in a patron’s possession, or otherwise not returned, the patron is responsible for covering the cost of repair or replacement. Chromebooks must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk 10 minutes before closing.

Printing, Copying, Scanning, and AV Equipment

Printouts are available and cost $0.10 per page in black and white and $0.25 per page in color. All print-outs can be paid for at the conclusion of the session using the print release station.

Photocopying is available to patrons who wish to copy materials at the rate of $0.10 per page in black and white and $0.25 per page in color. Copy machine users are advised that there are restrictions on copyrighted materials. Any violation of copyright is the responsibility of the copy machine user.

Scanning is also available to patrons free of charge. Scanned materials can be uploaded to a USB drive. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own USB drives, though the library has extras for file transfer purposes if needed. If patrons elect to use Library USB drives, they must ensure that their documents are deleted upon returning the drive to library staff.

AV equipment owned by the Library is used primarily for library programs. Meeting room users must arrange for use of any of this equipment ahead of the time of their meeting and have a capable operator. Permission will be granted at the discretion of the Director. Any damage is the responsibility of the organization using the equipment.

Internet Access

The Public Libraries of Everett provide access to the Internet in partial fulfillment of its mission to provide information to the public. The Internet has become the medium of choice for the dissemination of information from many agencies of the U.S. Government, state government, schools, organizations and businesses. As such, it is an important resource to our library.

Internet access is provided in accordance with Massachusetts Law (Chapter 78, Section 33) and the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” which state, in part, that “materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation.”

The Everett Public Libraries do not monitor and have no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Library does not advocate or endorse the opinions expressed over the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Library is not responsible for any information that a child discloses on the Internet.

All computer users are specifically required to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Users shall not use library resources to engage in “hacking” or attempts to compromise system security
  • Users shall not engage in any illegal activities on the Internet
  • Users shall not access materials that are obscene, pornographic or “harmful to minors.” Material that is obscene or harmful to minors is defined per Massachusetts state law under G.L. c. 272, §31:

Matter is harmful to minors if it is obscene or, if taken as a whole, it

    1. (1) describes or represents nudity, sexual conduct or sexual excitement, so as to appeal predominantly to the prurient interest of minors;
    1. (2) is patently contrary to prevailing standards of adults in the county where the offense was committed as to suitable material for such minors; and
    1. (3) lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.

Matter is obscene if taken as a whole, it

    1. (1) appeals to the prurient interest of the average person applying the contemporary standards of the county where the offense was committed;
    1. (2) depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and
    1. (3) lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Any violation of library policy and rules by adults or minors, either observed by a staff member or reported by another patron, may result in library staff:

  • Asking the patron to exit out of the offending material
  • Asking the patron to leave the library
  • Revoking library privileges including access to the Internet

When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Upon login, users accept an electronic agreement in order to ensure that each person using the Internet is aware of library policies and procedures for the orderly use of equipment, including reservations, time limits and printing charges.

Hotspot Lending Rules and Procedures

Who Can Borrow a Hotspot?

Patrons with a library card within the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) consortium are permitted to borrow a hotspot. 

Hotspot borrowers must be 18 years old and in good standing with the library. 

Only one hotspot is allowed per household, as each hotspot supports up to 10 connected devices.

How Long Can I Borrow a Hotspot?

Hotspots may be borrowed for three (3) weeks. Renewals are not permitted.  

Hotspots must be returned to the library and may not be checked out again for at least a 24-hour period from either library.

Non-return of a hotspot within the lending period is considered a violation of the lending policy and will result in a restriction of hotspot borrowing privileges for up to 6 months.

Loss or Damage

Patrons will not be held monetarily responsible for damage to the mobile hotspot device, however loss of the device will require a replacement fee. 

Acceptable Use

Borrowers will adhere to the library’s internet acceptable use policy when using the mobile hotspot. (See “Internet Access” section above

While checked out, the hotspot remains the responsibility of the borrower. Borrowers should not lose control of the device by lending to friends or associates. 

Any attempt to alter the configuration of the hotspot is strictly prohibited and may result in loss of borrowing privileges.

Hotspot Availability

Hotspots may be reserved through the library catalog https://everett.noblenet.org/eg/opac/home, or by calling the library service desk at: 617-394-2300 (Parlin) or 617-394-2308 (Shute) during normal business hours.

The hotspot should be picked up within 7 days, or it will be set aside for the next user.

Hotspots should be returned to a library service desk.  Do NOT place the hotspot in the book drop.

Hotspots should be returned with the power cord, SIM card, battery, and case to the Library in the same good working condition as it was when it was checked out.

If the hotspot is not returned within one week after the due date, service will be turned off and the hotspot will become unusable. 

If the hotspot is damaged or not working, return it to the library desk. Report the nature of the damage to a staff person.


The Everett Public Libraries is not responsible for any files, data, or personal information accessed/transmitted using the hotspot.

The Everett Public Libraries will have no liability for direct, indirect, or consequential damages related to the use of the mobile hotspots, including loss of data or privacy invasions.  Those who use the hotspots do so at their own risk and assume full liability for their actions.

Hotspot users are accessing the internet through the T-Mobile network, not the Everett Public Libraries’ network.

Illegal acts involving Library equipment or services may also be subject to prosecution.


As a public service the Parlin Library welcomes the use of its meeting room by groups for gatherings of a civic, cultural or educational character. Individuals and commercial organizations may not use the room. The use of the meeting room for library programs takes precedence over other uses.

All meetings held in the meeting room are to be open to the public, and no admission fee may be charged. No items may be sold by groups using the meeting room without written permission of the Library Trustees.

A group wishing to use the meeting room should submit a request in writing to the Library Director at least a week before the date of the meeting. The library will supply a request form. The form must be signed by an authorized representative of the group, who assumes responsibility for the conduct of the group while it uses the meeting room. Groups may request a series of dates at a time, but requests for Fall Months (Oct.1 – Jan. 1) will be accepted no earlier than Sept. 1; for Winter (Jan. 1 – May 1) no earlier than Dec. 1 and for Summer (May 31-Sept. 30) no earlier than May 1. The meeting room has a capacity of sixty-four persons. That figure is not to be exceeded at any meeting held in the meeting room.

A group that has received permission to use the meeting room may serve refreshments and may use the kitchen adjoining the meeting room. The group must provide all consumables and is responsible for cleaning the room after use. Alcoholic beverages may not be served in the meeting room, and smoking is not permitted.

A group that has received permission to use the meeting may use the stack chairs and folding tables in the meeting room. The group is responsible for setting up the furniture and returning the furniture to the storage area when the meeting is over. The group is also responsible for replacing any lost or damaged furniture.

All meetings must conclude 15 minutes before the library’s closing time to allow the staff time to secure the building.

The Library does not restrict the use of the meeting on the basis of the views of groups sponsoring meetings or individual participants in accordance with American Library Association standards as mandated by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78 Section 33. The Library does not endorse the views of groups who use the meeting room or individual participants. A group that has received permission to use the meeting room may publicize the location of its meeting but must state the sponsoring organization in printed or broadcast announcements.

Failure to adhere to the above rules will constitute cause for future refusal of permission for use of the meeting room



At the first indication of smoke or flame, staff will investigate the situation to determine that there is a problem in the building. (Occasionally, people will report the smell of smoke, but the source is outside the building.) The Library is protected by smoke alarms, which notify the Fire Department automatically, while a loud alarm sounds throughout the building. If a problem is identified, that does not set off an alarm, staff will call 911 immediately. Staff will evacuate the building in a calm and orderly manner. Library personnel will meet outside to ensure that all have exited and report to the senior person on duty, who will act as the liaison with Fire and Police departments. The goal of the staff will be to turn the problem over to fire safety officials as efficiently and safely as possible.

Health emergencies

Staff members should exercise caution when dealing with health emergencies of even a minor nature to insure the safety of the injured individual and the potential liability of the staff member. Without specialized training it is not advisable for staff to undertake more than keeping the sick or injured patron comfortable and protected from needless disturbance until medical help can be obtained.

911 should be called immediately in the event of any serious problem. Meanwhile, staff with CPR training or Heimlich training may use it to assist an individual in evident need of assistance. (see Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112, section 12V.)

No medication, including aspirin, should ever be dispensed to the public. However, first aid kits provide bandages to stop bleeding while help is summoned and band-aids may be provided to anyone who requests one.

Bomb threats

If a bomb threat is received by telephone, staff will listen carefully and question the caller for as much information as possible. If another staff member can be alerted, he or she will call 911 to report it. Immediately after the caller hangs up, staff will call police and clear the building. Staff will follow any instructions given by police or fire personnel. Police or fire will handle the actual bomb search.

Snow storms

Library staff is expected to report to work as scheduled. If weather conditions make this impossible or dangerous, the individual is expected to report as close to their scheduled time as possible. Arrangements to make up time lost must be made with the Director or Assistant Director. Employees may choose to take a personal day off. On rare occasions of very heavy weather, if the Library cannot be made accessible, it will be closed. The Director will make this decision along with the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and in consultation with the Head of Facilities Maintenance and the Mayor. Calls will be made to all workers by 7 A.M. or 4 hours before the individual’s shift.


Public relations goal of the Everett Public Libraries is to “communicate the library’s philosophy and mission and to promote its collections, programs and service.”

  • The Board recognizes that public relations involves every person who has connection with the Library. The Board urges its own members and every staff member to realize that he or she represents the library in every public contact. Good service supports good public relations.
  • The Director will be expected to make presentations and to participate in community activities to promote library services. A reasonable amount of library time will be allowed for preparation and speaking. Materials to be used by press, radio, or television will be approved by the Director.
  • Brochures, flyers and other published materials communicate not only information about a particular program or service but also through presentation. All printed material shall be carefully proof read. Designers use this opportunity to use creativity but should remember:
    • Credit donors where appropriate
    • Include the name of the Library, address, phone and web address
    • Check for readability
    • Look at the appearance (neatness, color, etc.) from the patron’s point of view.

All publicity pieces with the exception of program flyers and ongoing items must be cleared with the Director or Assistant Director.

Displays and Exhibits

As an educational and cultural institution, the Everett Public Libraries arranges displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community. The Director shall accept or reject material offered for display based on its suitability and availability of appropriate space.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection, and no liability for possible damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited. All items placed in the Library are there at the owner’s risk.

Public Notice Bulletin Board and Distribution

Bulletin board materials may be submitted for posting by nonprofit organizations for civic, educational, or cultural purposes or for educational services such as tutoring and music lessons. Brochures and free magazines of public interest are distributed on the information table and cubes. Examples of items that will not be accepted are: commercial advertising, personal ads and real estate sales or rental ads. The Director or Assistant Director must approve all postings and may not accept those that do not meet library policy. Library staff will place and remove postings according to their advertised dates. Front windows of the Library are reserved for Library or City events only.


The Library Board encourages individuals and groups to volunteer their time and efforts in the service of the Parlin and Shute Memorial Libraries. Volunteers are welcome in a number of capacities. Upper class high school and college students serve as coaches fore the Homework Center at the Shute Library. Young adults who wish to volunteer work either with the Young Adult or Children’s Librarians. Many wish to fulfill community service requirements of the National Honor Society, their school, or religious organization. Court ordered community service workers must apply to the Director and are placed according to the Director’s discretion.

All volunteers must fill out an application form and be interviewed. The needs of the library and the needs and skills of the applicant are reviewed in order to make a good match. A successful volunteer experience results in benefits for both the individual and the organization.

Volunteers are asked to note their hours on a sign up sheet so that they can be recognized for their efforts and so that the library can keep statistics on the number of volunteer hours worked each year. Letters of recommendation will be written by the volunteer’s supervisor upon request. The Library and the Friends organization plan recognition events to thank volunteers for their many efforts.