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NOBLE Network


The North Of Boston Library Exchange is a network of public and academic libraries serving seventeen communities and seven academic institutions.

Over two million items are speedily available to you through your library’s participation in NOBLE.

Circulation Policies

Each member library is an independent entity, and regulations, fines and charges will vary from library to library. In general:
1. You may register for a library card at any NOBLE library. Positive identification confirming current address is required.
2. Your NOBLE library card may be used at any NOBLE library.
3. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card.
4. Most materials may be returned to any NOBLE library
5. Replacement costs will be charged for lost or damaged materials
6. Fines and replacement costs may be paid at any NOBLE library or by credit card through your account.
7. Borrowing privileges may be suspended if materials are not returned or if overdue fines are not paid.

Also, for your own protection, please remember:
1. If you change your name or your address, please report it to your local library immediately
2. If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to your local library immediately

Other Consortia and Services

There are other consortiums throughout the state of Massachusetts which provide similar services to their residents as NOBLE.  If NOBLE libraries do not have what you are looking for, we can help you search the rest of the state using the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat).  Only Swampscott card holders can request items through the Commonwealth Catalog with us. Those items must be picked up in Swampscott. If you have a card from another library contact them to use the Commonwealth Catalog. Keep in mind that items coming from outside NOBLE can take longer to arrive and usually cannot be renewed.  If you have questions about how to use ComCat or would like help placing requests, give us a call at (781) 596-8867 or email