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Friday  9 - 5:30
Saturday  9 - 5
Sunday (Sept-May)  1 - 5
Sunday (June-Aug) Closed
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Where and How to Apply

  • To apply for a library card, you must come to the library in person
  • You will then fill out a registration form.

Personal Identification Is Needed

  • Personal identification and proof of current street address is required for registration.
  • P.O. boxes are not accepted
  • Acceptable Identification (with printed current street address)
    • Driver's license with current street address printed on the front
    • Checkbook
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill
    • Auto registration
    • Lease agreement
    • Tax statemen

Library Card Use

  • Portsmouth Public Library cards are not transferable.
  • Please have your library card with you when borrowing materials

Library Card Eligibility

Free Cards are issued to...

  • Residents of Portsmouth.
  • Persons aged 5 and over are entitled to a card in their individual name.
  • Students in Portsmouth Schools, including those from other towns.
  • City of Portsmouth Employees. (Please bring most recent paycheck stub for verification)
  • Portsmouth Property Owners
  • Businesses, non-profit organizations, day care centers, nursery schools and state agencies located within the city are also eligible for a "business" library card. For more detailed information about business library cards, click here.

Purchased Cards

  • Persons not living in Portsmouth may purchase a library card
  • Available as a family membership. All users must reside in the same household.
  • Cost
    • $90 for one year
    • $50 for six months
    • Senior rate (65 years or older) $85.00/$45.00
    • Fee is set by the Board of Trustees & the City of Portsmouth
  • Non Portsmouth businesses, organizations & schools are not eligible for a Portsmouth library card

Renewing Your Library Card

  • Library cards are valid for two years.
  • To re-register, proof of current residence must be shown.
  • Library cards will not be renewed for borrowers with outstanding overdue items or fines, until their account is cleared.

Lost Library Cards

  • You are responsible for all materials taken out on your card until the date the card is reported lost.
  • Report your lost card immediately.
  • If your card is not found after one month a new card may be issued for a charge of $1.00.
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175 Parrott Ave | Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
Tel: 603-427-1540 - Fax: 603-433-0981
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