Join the Improvement Association, shop on Amazon, volunteer, or make a donation. There are many ways to support the Emma!

Join the Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center Improvement Association

On January 1, 1900, a group of Newburyport neighbors formed the South End Reading Room Association to support and raise funds. That year, the Library circulated 5,023 books to 303 registered borrowers.

Today, the Emma L. Andrews Improvement Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that continues to support our work by raising funds and gaining publicity for the library and the role it plays in our community.

Joining the Association is easy, affordable, and tax-deductible. Annual membership fees range from $10-$75. Please visit the library for more information.

Shop on Amazon with Amazon Smile

We participate in the Amazon Smile program. Donors who want to give money to the Emma Andrews must select “Andrews Branch Improvement Association.” Amazon automatically deposits 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases.

Volunteer at the Emma!

As a volunteer, you can make a difference in your own life, in the lives of others, and in the library's future. From providing desk service to custodial tasks to numerous special events and fundraisers, volunteers can be counted on to do a great job with a smile! For more information please see our volunteer section on this website or give us a call.

Fundraisers and Events

Souper Saturdays

One Saturday in January, February, and March. Supports our summer kids' programs. Meet your neighbors and enjoy homemade soup, bread, and dessert. Check event page for dates.

Bountiful Gardens Plant Sale

First Saturday in June.

Community Yard Sale

Last Saturday in July.

Cookie Walk & Craft Fair

First Saturday in December. Supports our Scholarship program.

Thank you for your support!

history of the library

Founded in 1886 as a lending library and a local activities center for adults and youth greater Newburyport, MA.

Newburyport schoolteacher Emma Andrews (Landers) proposes a lending library to serve the children of Newburyport's South End.

Locals donate $52 to establish a local reading room.

Library Association purchases a Victorian house at 77 Purchase Street for $3,500

The Emma L. Andrews Library & Community Center is dedicated and named for its founder.

The "Emma" continues to offer programs and reading opportunities for adults, teens, and children.

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