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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Andover and Massachusetts

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About Andover

Where can I locate Andover High School yearbooks?
Our Andover Room has most of the Andover High School yearbooks from 1956 to the present. We own fiche and film from 1916 to the present, with some gaps. Return to top


Does the Library keep historic and current street lists?   
Andover Street Lists from 1983 to the present are available in the Andover Room historical collection.  Street directories from 1894 - 1920 are also available online. Current contact information for Andover residents is available on AtoZ Database for Andover card holders is available. Another source for contact information for Andover residents is Switchboard. Return to top


Does the Library have a list of local babysitters?
The Andona Society sponsors a 5 week interactive babysitting training course for middle school children in Andover. Lists of the names and telephone numbers of the graduates are kept at the Library's Reference Desk. Return to top


Do you have books about Andover that I can check out?
We have circulating copies of:

If you have a library card from an MVLC library, you can requests these titles directly through our library catalog.

Click here for a longer list of books on Andover History. Some circulate and some are just for use in the library.  Return to top


Where may I get bus and train schedules for Andover?
You can get current bus and train schedules at the Memorial Hall Library Reference Desk. For more information go to the MBTA website, the Trombly Bus Lines website,  or the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority web site. Return to top


Are the Andover bylaws available online?
Yes.  Click here to access Andover Bylaws online.  We also have a print copy on our Town Information Shelf.  Return to top


How can I find out about community events?
Check the entertainment section of the Andover Townsman for community events.  For events and programs at the Library check our calendar of events. Return to top


Where can I find demographic and socio-economic information about Andover?


Up-to-date demographic information on Andover can be found on the United States Census Bureau. A community profile of Andover, including demographics, school districts, and state aid cherry sheets are found on the Mass.gov site.Return to top


Where can I find directions to local libraries in the Merrimack Valley Consortium?
The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium lists the home pages for member libraries. Home pages list contact information including directions. Return to top


Where are there local ESL classes?
Classes in Conversational English as a Second Language are offered by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Local English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources is a list of other ESL classes in the area. Return to top



Where can I find genealogy information about early Andover families?
Check out our web page Genealogy Research at Memorial Hall Library. Genealogical information can also be found at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover. For more general genealogy sites, check out the genealogy section of our Internet Picks. Return to top


Where can I find information about historic properties in Andover?
The Library holds a copy Andover Historic Building Survey in the Andover Room; the properties are listed by street address. Return to top


Where can I get information about houses of worship in Andover?
See the listing of Houses of Worship on this website. Return to top


Does the Library have a list of local housing options for seniors?
Massachusetts Senior Care Association lists of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities by location.


Where can I find records for Andover marriages and deaths?
The Library's Andover Room holds marriage records from 1646 to 1914, birth records from 1649 to 1914, and death records from 1650 to 1914.  Records after 1923 are kept at the Andover Town Clerk's Office, Town Offices, 36 Bartlet Street. The Town Clerk's office hours are Mon-Fri. 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. 978-623-8255. Return to top


How far back does the Library have Andover newspapers?
We have microfilm records of the Andover Advertiser Feb 19, 1853-Feb 10, 1866, the Andover Townsman 1887-present, the Lawrence American Feb 16, 1866 - Dec 27, 1907, and the Eagle Tribune 1960 - date. Return to top


Does the Library have a list of local nursery schools and day care centers?
The library does not keep a list of nursery schools and day care centers.  You can search these sites:


How can I obtain obituaries of Andover residents?
If you have the date of death you can check the newspaper archives in our Andover Room: Andover Advertiser Feb 19, 1853-Feb 10, 1866, Andover Townsman 1887-present, Lawrence American Feb 16, 1866 - Dec 27, 1907, and the Eagle Tribune 1940 - date. If you do not have the date of death, you can obtain it by contacting the Andover Town Clerk's Office at 978- 623-8255. Out-of-state patrons may request obituaries by letter to:

Local History Librarian, Reference Department
Memorial Hall Library
2 North Main Street
Andover, MA. 01810

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Does Andover have a town-wide recycling program?
Yes, the town is committed to recycling. Check out the town recycling calendar. Waste & Recycling information can be found on the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection web site. Return to top


We are planning on relocating to Andover. Where's a good place to start looking for information?
Try our Relocating to Andover page! Return to top


Where can I find information about local summer camps?
Summer Programs for Children on this web site.Return to top


Does the library have any online information about tourism in Andover?
Check out our page Tourism: What to do and where to stay in the Andover area. Return to top


How can I find my voting precinct?
The Town of Andover Street Directory, located at the Library's Reference Desk, provides precinct information. You can reach the Reference Desk at 978-623-8401 x32.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides an online search form to determine your precinct. Return to top


Where can Andover teens (ages 14-18) get work permits?
Work permits are obtained at the Andover High School Guidance Department on Shawsheen Road in Andover. Return to top


About Massachusetts

Where would I find a list of children available for adoption in Massachusetts?
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Notebook (better known as the MARE Manual) is a good source. Ask for it at the Library's Reference Desk. Or check out MARE online.

For a list of requirements for adoption in Massachusetts click here. Return to top


Where can I find a listing of Massachusetts attorneys, including their education, field of specialization, and contact information?
The Massachusetts Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service online. From home you can also try the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator. Return to top


Where can I find a copy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Building Code?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a link to the Massachusetts Building Code. We also have a paper copy of the code in our Reference collection at R 342.74 Mas. Hint: the paper version is much easier to use! Return to top


Where may I find information about Massachusetts businesses?
Memorial Hall Library subscribes to Business Insights Essentials and AtoZ Databases.  Both can be accessed in the Library and remotely for holders of Andover library cards.  Check at the Reference Desk for more information. Return to top


I need information on divorce in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library lists Massachusetts divorce law, court rules, and copies of necessary forms. Divorcenet has state specific information. Return to top


I need a copy of a MA driver's manual to study for a driver's written exam.
The Massachusetts Driver's Manual  is available online and from the Registry of Motor Vehicles for a $5.00 fee. Return to top


How can I find out what birds are on the Massachusetts endangered species list?
A great source is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program. Return to top


I would like to research the lives of famous people from Massachusetts.
Our Reference Collection has a copy of the Massachusetts Biographical Dictionary ( R920.0744 Mas). Also try Famous Bay Staters online. Return to top


I am interested in finding information about Massachusetts labor law.
 Try Labor and Employment in Massachusetts (R344.744 Hir) for a print resource. Online you can check the General Laws of Massachusetts online. Return to top


I would like information about landlord rights in Massachusetts.
A book on landlord's right's for the layman is Landlord's Legal Guide in Massachusetts (346.043 DiB)  For online information, try the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation publication Landlord Rights and Responsibilities or Massachusetts Law About Landlord and Tenant from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. Return to top


I would like to check on a citation from MA General Laws.
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries provides a search page for Massachusetts General Laws.  You can search by citation, popular name, and subject. Return to top


Can you help me find sample questions for the MCAS test?
The Massachusetts Department of Education publishes samples of MCAS test items on their website. Memorial Hall Library also has circulating copies of MCAS test prep books.Return to top


I would like to review Massachusetts laws on motor vehicle violations before I request a hearing.   Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Offenses ( R 345.0247 Mas) in the Reference Collection is an excellent print source. You can also check Massachusetts Law About Traffic Violations from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. Return to top


Where can I locate information about Massachusetts physicians?
Try theMassachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine: Physician Profile System. Return to top


Where may I locate directory information about Massachusetts public & private schools?
The Library's Reference Collection has The Handbook of Private Schools ( R373.222 Han) and Patterson's American Education ( R370.973 Pat). For  elementary and secondary public school information go to the Massachusetts Department of Education. Return to top


I would like information about tenants rights in Massachusetts.
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities from the The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation site is a good source of Massachusetts specific information as is Massachusetts Law About Landlord and Tenant from the Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries. Return to top


 

 

Last updated: March 04, 2013
URL: http://www.mhl.org/andover/andoverfaqs.htm
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