North of Boston Library Exchange
The North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) is a consortium of 26 libraries on the North Shore of Massachusetts working to improve library service through automation. Seventeen public libraries, eight college libraries and one special library are members.
NOBLE was the first automated resource sharing network in the state and the first Massachusetts library network on the Internet.
It was established in 1980 by five libraries sharing their circulation system. By 1995, NOBLE served 32,000 college students and 522,000 residents, and kept a database that featured more than 2.3 million items.
NOBLE is governed by its member libraries who approve the annual budget, establish NOBLE policies and elect officers. An executive board, composed of the four officers and five at-large library directors, more closely oversees NOBLE operations. A professional staff manages operations. NOBLE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and is recognized as a charitable organization by the Mass. Attorney General's office.
- Beverly Public Library
- Peabody Institute Library of Danvers
- Everett Public Libraries
- Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester
- Lynn Public Library
- Lynnfield Public Library
- Abbot Public Library, Marblehead
- Melrose Public Library
- Peabody Institute Library, Peabody
- Reading Public Library
- Revere Public Library
- Salem Public Library
- Saugus Public Library
- Stoneham Public Library
- Swampscott Public Library
- Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield
- Winthrop Public Library and Museum
- Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Professional Library, Boston
- Bunker Hill Community College Library, Charlestown
- Endicott College, Halle Library, Beverly
- Gordon College, Jenks Library, Wenham
- Merrimack College, McQuade Library, North Andover
- Montserrat College of Art, Scott Library, Beverly
- Northern Essex Community College, Bentley Library, Haverhill and Lawrence
- Phillips Academy, Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, Andover
- Salem State University Library, Salem
- "Designing Internet services for a consortium: the NOBLE experience", Computers in Libraries, October 1, 1995
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