Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Hampstead may apply for a free library card at the front desk. Children may get their own card, with their parent's permission, as soon as they can write their first and last name.
Proof of residency/employment and a registration card (signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is 4th grade or below) are required.
Non-residents may purchase a 1-year library card. Contact the library for further details.
Please bring your library card with you when you come to the library. It makes the check out procedure so much faster and more accurate.
|Type||Loan Period||Fine per day|
|DVD - feature films & childrens||1 week||$1.00|
|DVD - TV shows||2 weeks||$1.00|
|Music CDs||2 weeks||$0.10|
|Museum Passes||3 days||$5.00|
Library of Things (cake pans, telescope
Varies by item.
|Varies by item|
The maximum fine for most items is $5.00. Ask a librarian for more information.
When items become about 1 week overdue, an email will be sent to remind you that library materials are overdue. If items are overdue for more than that, letters may be sent to you, indicating the fines to be paid.
Whenever you have items overdue and you're not sure how to proceed, please call us. We want to work it out with you.
After you pay your fines online, please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org to report them paid and we will correctly credit your account.
Most items may be renewed twice for a total of 6 week if there are no Reserves/Holds for that item.
- Adult books and DVDs still considered *New* may not be automatically be renewed. Please ask a librarian.
Call or email the Circulation Desk
Reply to a Due Tomorrow email
Log in to your account in our catalog
- You can set up a PIN when you come in to the library or online from the catalog, so you can access your account wherever you have access to the internet. A Librarian at the Main Desk can help you set one up.
Reserves and Holds
Holds may be placed on any circulating item regardless of its availability status.
To place a hold on an item with a catalog status of Checked In:
- Call the library during open hours and someone will retrieve the item and place it on hold for you. This is the best option if you would like the item immediately
- Use the online catalog at the library or log on from home. Please be aware that there may be a delay in the item becoming available to you as there is a chance the item may be checked out by another patron before it can be pulled from the shelf. You will be notified by phone or email when it is available.
To place a hold on an item with a catalog status of Checked Out:
- See any staff member at the circulation or reference desk while you're at the library.
- Call the library during open hours and someone will place your name on its hold list. You will be notified by phone or email when it becomes available for you.
- Use the online catalog at either the library or log on from home and follow the instructions. You will be notified when the item is available for you.
Please be aware that an expired card, fines, or overdue books may prohibit you from placing holds using the online catalog. Please contact the library so we may assist you.
The library belongs to NHAIS (New Hampshire Automated Information System), the library system for the state of New Hampshire which provides the residents of New Hampshire rapid access to library and informational resources through a coordinated statewide information network.
Materials not owned by the library may often be borrowed from other libraries in New Hampshire. See the NHAIS Interlibrary Loan System for items available through Interlibrary loan.
Patrons may have up to 5 Interlibrary Loan requests in this system at one time. You can login to NHAIS with your Hampstead PL card number and PIN to place requests, or by speaking with a librarian. If you need more than 5 Interlibrary Loan books, please see a librarian.
Printing, Copying, and Faxing Services
|Black & White printing||Cost|
|Letter size (8.5x11)||10 cents per page||double sided counts as 2 pages|
|Legal or Ledger size||20 cents per page||double sided counts as 2 pages|
|Letter size (8.5x11)||50 cents per page||double sided counts as 2 pages|
|Legal or Ledger size||$1.00 per page||double sided counts as 2 pages|
|Outgoing fax||$2.00||flat rate for any page count|
|Incoming fax||10 cents per page|
Incoming faxes will be received for patrons, and held behind the front desk for pickup. Incoming faxes must clearly state the intended recipient. Any fax not picked up within one week will be shredded. It is recommended that patrons notify the library in advance that a fax is to be expected.
WiFi and Internet Access
Nine (9) workstations with Internet access are available for use in the library. The catalog is accessible on any workstation around the library. Most computers are set up to print color and black-and-white.
WiFi (Wireless Internet Access)
WiFi is available at the Hampstead Public Library. For those who need electricity for their wireless laptops, outlets in either study room or the meeting rooms on the second floor are available. There are no outlets available in the stack areas. The strength of the wireless signal will vary depending on the number of wireless devices in use at the time and the distance from the access point.
Library staff will provide general information on the settings needed to access the wireless connection in the library but any other problems must be handled by the patron. Staff will not provide troubleshooting on patrons' equipment. There are other limitations on WiFi from the library.
Copies of the Wireless Internet Access Policy are available to patrons at the front desk for full disclosure of the library's policy.
Starting Monday, June 1, you can return materials to the Hampstead Public Library!
Starting Tuesday, June 9, the library begins Curbside Pickup service.
Note that the library offers these services within adjusted hours, and the library building remains closed to the public for the time being. In accordance with the NH state & CDC recommendations, wearing a face mask is highly recommended while you are out in public.
Read on for details!
Hours for Returns Week:
June 1 - June 5
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Am I required to return my checkouts immediately?
Absolutely not! Feel free to hold on to the books if you are still reading them. However, if they are taking up space in your home, by all means bring them back! All materials were given a due date of June 1, but there is a grace period of a few weeks. Give us a call to renew your items or renew online if you wish.
If for some reason, you have trouble getting your borrowed materials back to the library, please let us know.
How will returning items work?
Please put all items in paper or plastic bags and put them in the large bin in front of the library. Bags will be available at the library if you need them. Do not use the return slot in the library wall.
All returned library materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours. Only after quarantine will they be checked in – so please do not worry if they still appear in your online account for several days.
Can I grab something new while I’m at the library?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, the library building remains closed to the public.
Can I return items after June 5?
Absolutely. The Library's outside wall Book Returns slot is open for returns starting Monday, June 8. However, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Curbside Pickup hours, items should be put in the big bin outside the Library.
The library begins Curbside Pickup the week of June 8. We are phasing this in gradually, using only the items the Hampstead Public Library owns. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new process. Here’s how it will work:
You may place holds online by logging into your account on www.HampsteadLibrary.org; search, browse and make your reservations with the catalog. If you are not able to place holds online or need help establishing a login, email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411.
When your holds are ready, you will receive an email or phone notification from the library.
Pickup Hours are on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm, starting June 9.
Call the library when you are near the front of the pickup line in the parking lot. If you don’t have a cell phone, please call before you leave the house. Please be ready to verify your card number and/or address.
When picking up items, you may also return any items you have out. Return to the outside book bin during Curbside Pickup days/hours.
How will I pick up my holds?
After you call to say you are in the parking lot, your items will be placed on a table in front of the library entrance, in bag(s) labeled with your name. The library staff person will then go back indoors. Items will already be checked out to you – so feel free to take your bag and go! This is a no-contact service, meaning that staff will not be outdoors when you approach the table.
At this time the library building will remain closed to the public.
What if I have a physical disability or other reason that I cannot get out of my car?
Call 603-329-6411 and notify the staff, and you will be given further instructions.
How can I find out if my holds are ready?
We ask that you wait until the library has contacted you (email or phone call) to let you know your items are ready.
Can I request additional items after I have been notified that my items are ready?
You can reserve additional items; however, they will not be ready until the following Curbside Pickup day. Items reserved by 8 am on Monday, will be ready for pickup on Tuesday. Items reserved by 8 am Wednesday will be ready for pickup on Thursday.
Can I request items from other libraries?
No. At this time, we are not receiving or loaning items from other libraries.
Can I return items on Curbside Pickup days even if I am not picking up new books?
Yes. The Library's outside wall Book Return slot is open for returns starting Monday, June 8. However, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Curbside Pickup hours, items should be put in the big bin outside the Library.
I don’t have a library card! Can I use this service?
Please see instructions above on signing up for a library card or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org.
What safety precautions is the library taking?
In accordance with the NH state & CDC recommendations, wearing a face mask is highly recommended while you are out in public.
The library has taken the following steps before offering these services:
Completed a thorough cleaning of the library building
Deep cleaned frequently used surfaces
Obtained adequate stores of disinfectant and hand sanitizer, as well as protective gear for staff
All staff will be wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing while in the building and conducting Curbside Pickup.
In addition, we will quarantine all returned items for a minimum of 72 hours.
All library services will be operated with the minimum number of library staff, to avoid opportunities for contact.
Can I still donate books?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, donations are suspended until further notice.
How do I talk to someone at the library if I have a question?
Call 603-329-6411. If someone is not in the building when you call, please leave a message. We are retrieving voicemails on a regular basis. Please leave a message with the best time & number to reach you and we’ll call you back. You can also email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org.
How long will this service be offered?
Until further notice. Since our service levels are determined based on a number of public health factors, we do not know when our services, or our hours, will change. Please check our website www.HampsteadLibrary.org for updates.
Rest assured that library staff are working on plans for the next phase of reopening, and we look forward to serving you further in the future!