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1. Library Hours and Locationbrary Hours and Location
2. Library Usage
3. Services and Programs
4. Library Policies
Library Hours and Location:
The Pelham Public Library is the beautiful white building located at the center of the Village Green. The official address is Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham, NH 03076.
The old building in the center of town that says “Pelham Library” is the former library. It was built in 1896 and served as the town’s library until 2003, when the new building on the Village Green was opened.
Currently, the old library serves as the home for the Pelham Historical Society. For more information on the Historical Society, please visit www.pelhamnhhistory.com
Monday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday 1 pm – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Sundays – closed
The library is also closed on public holidays. A complete schedule is available on our “Holiday Closings” page, which is located under the “About Us” tab.
We do our best to accommodate the community with the hours we have available. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, we are limited to the number of hours we are able to provide staffing for. Currently, our staff is limited to four (4) full-time staff members who do their best to serve the needs of patrons.
Our telephone number is: (603)635-7581. You can send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLiP is the acronym for Friends of the Library in Pelham. This is an organization that supports the library in a number of different ways including, but not limited to, volunteering, fundraising, and book sales. Membership information is available at the Main Circulation desk or here. To access the discount Museum Passes you must be a FLIP member.
Yes, we have a photocopy machine available to the public on the first floor. Copies are $.15 each. The copy machine takes small bills and change.
Fax service is available to library card holders. The fee is $1.00 a page and .25 for every page after, and must be sent within the continental United States. The library does not receive incoming faxes.
The Molly Hobbs room is available to groups to use as a meeting place. The room must be reserved in advance of use. If you/your group would like to reserve the room, and have not previously done so, a representative for your group would need to complete a Meeting Room Application. The application will then be forwarded to the Library Director for approval.
Yes, we have 15 computers available for use. You do not have to be a library patron to use the computers. Computer use is free of charge. Each computer is connected to a printer. There is a charge of $.15 per printed page.
Computer usage policies are available on our website or in binders at the Main Circulation Desk.
The Library is also WI-FI capable; you are welcome to bring your laptop.
Library cards are free of charge to Pelham residents or persons who work or go to school in Pelham. Please ask one of the librarians to register for a card. If you do not live or work in Pelham, you may have borrowing privileges for an annual fee. Please ask a librarian for more details.
Children aged 6 and older are eligible to receive their own library card.
Yes, replacement library cards are available for $2. Please ask one of the librarians to assist you.
As long as you are a member of the Library in good standing (no fines due or lost materials), you may check out as many materials as you like.
Magazines are all available for checkout. The most current issue available is displayed in the front of the rack. Six months of back issues are available under the shelf. Two years of magazines are archived.
Newspapers are not available for checkout. The latest copy is on the top of the newspaper shelf, the previous week is stored below.
When you check out your materials, the librarian will give you a receipt that lists the date on which each item is due back to the Library. All materials are due back two weeks from the date of check out. If you lose your receipt, you can visit the Library website to access your account or you can call and ask the Librarian.
We want you to enjoy the materials offered at the Library. You may renew an item unless another patron has requested it. You may renew your materials in person, on the phone, or by logging into your account online. If your materials are overdue, you will not be able to renew them online you will need to call or visit the library.
The fine schedule for materials is $0.10 per day/per item. The maximum fine is $5.00 for a single
item, or $10.00 total for a single account. There is a one-day grace period before fines begin to accumulate.
If you have lost a book or video, you have two choices. You may either purchase a replacement copy of the same edition for the Library at your expense, or pay the cost for the Library to replace it.
If you are interested in making a suggestion about materials to buy for the Pelham Public Library, talk to a librarian about materials you’d like to see in the Library’s collection.
Materials donated by patrons which are not needed for our collection are available for purchase in the library. There are a variety of children’s books and videos/DVDs available for sale on the second floor of the Library, next to the Children’s Circulation Desk. On the first floor, there is a bookshelf of books for sale from the adult collection located across from the Main Circulation Desk. Monies collected from the sale of these items are used to support programming for our patrons.
The library welcomes donations of books, DVD’s, unabridged Audiobooks, etc in good condition. We cannot accept out-of-date encyclopedias, text books, old magazines, readers digest condensed books, abridged audiobooks or anything in poor condition.
Materials that have been donated will be assessed and either added to our collection, added to the book sale, or further donated to Got Books. For donations larger than 2 boxes, an appointment is necessary.
Yes! We frequently receive donated magazines that we either add to our collection or make available free for patrons to take home. We also accept gift subscriptions for items we do not currently own. If there is a certain magazine or newspaper that you would like to see at the Library, or you would like to donate a subscription, please contact the Library Director.
Services and Programs:
The Pelham Public Library offers a variety of resources and services. Patrons may check out print books, audio books, magazines, DVDs and videos. If there is an item you would like that is not
in our collection, a librarian can assist you in making an interlibrary loan request. In addition, the library also provides other services, such as our Museum Discount Pass Program, which grants patrons reduced admission for several area museums.
All members of the public may use our quiet study areas, computers, resource materials, magazines or newspapers. Our librarians are available for reference assistance, computer help, and other resources.
All are welcome to attend the programs at the library.
Yes you can! There are links that you can access directly from website. You will need to contact the library to receive the codes and passwords to access the sites.
Yes! The Pelham Public Library is part of the NH Downloadable Book Consortium. Login here:
http://nh.lib.overdrive.com. If you have any problems, please ask a librarian for assistance or see instructions here.
We have reducedf passes to several local museums. ALL passes are one pass per person per day.
The Pelham Public Library is 100% ADA compliant. We welcome the opportunity to assist all of our patrons. The State Library also has a number of programs for the optically or physically impaired which we can provide to our patrons. If you have a disability and are interested in any of the programs we have through the state, please speak with a librarian.
The library is committed to the safety and well-being of all our patrons. Therefore, parents are asked to adhere to the following guidelines concerning children in the library:
Children under the age of 9 may not be left unattended in the library and
must be directly supervised by a responsible adult 16 years of age or older.
Children between the ages of 9-11 may not be left unattended in the
library and must be supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 16.
Children over the age of 11 may use the library unattended provided that their behavior is not disruptive. Disruptive children may be asked to leave the library premises after 1 warning.
Parents are responsible for the actions of their children in the library whether or not the parent is present. Parents will be responsible for any disturbance or damage done to the library by their child.
There is a lost and found box located in the vestibule of the library between the inside and the outside doors. For paper materials there is a file kept at the Main Circulation Desk.
Volunteers are a vital part of the workings of the library. They generally provide support services to the paid staff or work on special projects. They cannot be used to establish new services or to replace paid staff. Any person interested in volunteering must complete an interest form and return it to the librarian. Please feel free to ask a librarian for more information if you are interested in volunteering. You must be 14 or older to volunteer. All volunteers must participate in the training program and volunteers over 18 may be subject to a background check.