Resources for Readers

Looking for a book?

Check our online catalog! 

If you can’t find a book in our library, you may find it in the the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC).   MVLC is a network of 36 public libraries that share materials.  Your library card allows you to request MVLC materials, and have them sent to Topsfield for you to pick up.

When you see an item you want to request, click “Place Hold.”  You will be asked to log in with your username and password.  Your username is the barcode number on the back of your card.  Your password is either the last four digits of your phone number, or the last four digits of your library card number, depending on when you received your card.  If you have any trouble logging in, feel free to call us, and we’ll help you out!

Can’t find it in our catalog?

Use the Commonwealth Catalog to extend your search statewide. Make a request and your item will be delivered to Topsfield for pickup. You will be notified via email when your item is ready.

Author Alerts

  • Sign up for Author Alerts to be notified by text or email when a new book by your favorite author is added to our catalog.  You can then be placed on the waiting list and be one of the first to get it when the book is released!

Recommended Reading

Check out these lists compiled by Topsfield Town Library Staff:

Find reading lists for kids and teens here.

Find your next great read

  • KDL’s What’s Next lists series in the order they’re meant to be read.   Search by author, book title, series title, and more.
  • NoveList Plus lets you browse by style, mood, genre, and more.  Find “read-a-likes,” or books similar to ones you already enjoy.  You can also pick a genre and find the latest releases or classics you have yet to read.
  • Wowbrary lists all our library’s most recent acquisitions.  Looking for something fresh and shiny?  Check out what we got in this week!

Literary criticism

  • Literature Research Center offer biographical information, literary criticism, reviews, and more on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines.  If you’re doing research on an author or book, check it out!

Unable to get to the library?

  • The Topsfield Town Library and the Topsfield Council on Aging work together to offer free delivery of materials to residents unable to visit the Library due to illness, immobility, or age.  The library provides the materials and the Council on Aging drivers deliver them to your home. 

  • If you are interested in this service, please fill out a home delivery form and return it to the Reference Desk via mail (1 South Common St., Topsfield, MA 01983) or via email.

Is there a book you think we should have?