How to Borrow

Available Materials

You can borrow…

  • Books, magazines, and graphic novels
  • Audiobooks
  • Movie DVD’s
  • Music CDs
  • Kindles
  • Read-Along Kits/Children’s
  • Launchpads and Chromebooks

From your home or office you have access to our online resources including downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming TV and movies, and research databases.

For a family activity, don’t forget about museum passes as well.

Borrowers’ Responsibilities

Library materials are the property of everyone in the community.

  • Please have your library card with you when borrowing library materials.
  • The person whose name is on the card is responsible for all materials borrowed with the card.
  • Returning all materials on time and in good condition is expected, and is a courtesy to others.
  • Borrowers are responsible for paying damage charges.
  • Cardholders are responsible for giving the Library prompt notice of any change in address.
  • Please report a lost or stolen card immediately. Lost cards can be replaced for a small fee.
  • The library has the right to restrict user privileges of anyone who misuses library materials or violates borrowing policies.

Borrowing Details

Books and Magazines

  • Loan Period:3 weeks
  • Renewals: May renew 3 times, if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns: May be returned in the book drop


  • No Limit:DVDs
  • Loan Period: ONE WEEK
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 time if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns may be returned in Media Drop Box outside
  • Music CD’s
  • Loan Period:  3 weeks
  • Renewals:  May be renewed 3 times if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns:  Music CDs can be returned in the Media Drop Box outside.

Audio Recordings, Children’s Kits 

  • Loan Period: 3 weeks
  • Renewals: May renew 3 times, if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns: May be returned in the outside Book Drop.


  • Limit Based on Availability
  • Loan Period: 3 WEEKS
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 time if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Return to the bookdrop or in person

Renewing Items

How to Renew

  • Online 
  • In person @ the library
  • By telephone @ 978-768-7410
  • email


Returning Items

  • Library materials may be returned to the library even when it is closed
  • For your convenience, the library has provided a book return box
    • One for books
    • One for audiovisual materials
  • Book returns are located in the parking lot beside the library

Lost & Damaged Items

Borrowers are responsible for paying for materials lost or damaged or at the discretion of the library a replacement maybe be purchased.

Place a Hold on an Item

What is a Hold: Placing a hold will reserve items for you to pick up when they are available.

How to place a hold online:

  1. To place a hold you must have a valid TOHP Burnham Library card.
  2. Log into your library account using your library card barcode number and pin
  3. Conduct a search in the Library Catalog
  4. To request that the item be saved for you (placed on hold), click on the HOLD button. The system will immediately notify you if your request was accepted – “your request for ________was successful” .You may select a pick up library or it will default to your library.
  5. The library will notify you by email or by phone when a requested item is ready for pickup.
  6. Items are held for 7 business days before the hold is automatically cancelled and the item is moved to the next person or returned to the shelves.

Cancelling a Hold:   Go to your library account

Go to “Requests (Holds)”. Select the title(s) you wish to cancel by placing a check mark in the box next to it. Click on ‘Cancel Selected’ or ‘Cancel All.’

Fines & Fees

No Fines

To pay for a lost or damaged item check your account here

How to pay:

Online in your account or by check

Checks should be payable to owning library

  • Mail to:
    Circulation Department
    T.O.H.P. Burnhan Library
  • 30 Martin St, Essex, MA 01929

Lost Library Cards

  • First one is free next a $1.00 each


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