How to Borrow

At the Portsmouth Public Library, a world of information and entertainment awaits you with your library card. For more on applying for a library card, click here.

In order to view the entire Portsmouth Library Catalog online, Please Click Here

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Available Materials

You can borrow...

  • Books, magazines, and graphic novels
  • Books on CD & Cassette
  • Films on DVD & VHS
  • Music CDs
  • Kindles
  • Read-Along Kits
  • Children's CD-ROMs
  • Kits
  • Video language courses
  • Video games

From your home or office you have access to our online resources including downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and comics, streaming TV and movies, and research databases.

For a family activity, don't forget about museum passes as well.

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Borrowers' Responsibilities

Library materials are the property of everyone in the community.

  • Please have your library card with you when borrowing library materials.
  • The person whose name is on the card is responsible for all materials borrowed with the card.
  • Returning all materials on time and in good condition is expected, and is a courtesy to others.
  • Borrowers are responsible for paying any late fees or damage charges.
  • Cardholders are responsible for giving the Library prompt notice of any change in address.
  • Please report a lost or stolen card immediately. Lost cards can be replaced for a small fee.
  • The library has the right to restrict user privileges of anyone who misuses library materials or violates borrowing policies.

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Borrowing Details

Books and Magazines

  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May renew 3 times, if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns: May be returned in the book drop
  • Late charge: $.10 per day

Popular DVDs

  • Limit: 5 DVDs
  • Loan Period: ONE WEEK
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 time if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns may be returned in Media Drop Box outside
  • Late charge: $1.00 PER day, PER DVD

Non-fiction DVDs

  • Limit: 5 DVDs
  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May renew 3 times if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns: May be returned in the Media Drop Box outside.
  • Late Charge: $.10 per day, PER DVD

MUSIC CD’s

  • Limit:  5 CD’s
  • Loan Period:  2 weeks
  • Renewals:  May be renewed 3 times if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns:  Music CDs can be returned in the Media Drop Box outside.
  • Late Charge:  $.10 per day, per CD

Audio Recordings, Children's Kits and Software

  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May renew 3 times, if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns: May be returned in the outside Book Drop.
  • Late charge: $.10 per day
  • NOTE: Children's software is limited to two items per library card holder.

Kindles

  • Limit Based on Availability
  • Loan Period: TWO WEEKS
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 time if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns must be returned in person, at the desk
  • $5.00 charge if returned in book drop
  • Late charge: $2.00 PER day, PER Kindle

ALL Videocassettes

  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May be renewed 3 times, if no one else is waiting for the item.
  • Returns:May be returned to the Media Drop Box outside.
  • Late Charge: $.10 per day, PER Video

Video Games

  • Limit: 2 at a time
  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 times if no one else is waiting for the item.
  • Returns: May be returned to the Media Drop Box outside.
  • Late Charge: $.10 per day, per game

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Renewing Items

How to Renew

  • In person @ the library
  • By telephone @ 427-1540
  • Online

Renewal Rules

  • DVDs and video games can be renewed 1 time unless someone is waiting for the material. All other items can be renewed 3 times unless someone is waiting for the material.
  • Overdue items may be renewed
    • At the library, by telephone or online.
    • Overdue fines can be paid on your next visit to the library.
  • Items cannot be renewed online if fines exceed $10.00

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Returning Items

  • Library materials may be returned to the library even when it is closed
  • For your convenience, the library has provided two book return boxes
    • One for books
    • One for audiovisual materials
  • Book returns are located in the parking lot beside the library
  • Please do not return audiovisual materials in the return for books, as this causes damage to the AV cases

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Lost & Damaged Items

Borrowers are responsible for paying for materials lost or damaged. The borrower will be assessed the price of material permanently lost or destroyed plus a processing fee.

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Place a Hold on an Item

What is a Hold: Placing a hold will reserve items for you to pick up when they are available. 

How to place a hold online:

  1. To place a hold you must have a valid Portsmouth Public Library card.
  2. Log in to your Library Account using your library card barcode number and password.
  3. Conduct a search in the Library Catalog
  4. To request that the item be saved for you (placed on hold), click on the REQUEST button. The system will immediately notify you if your request was accepted – “your request for ________was successful” .
  5. The library will notify you by email or by phone when a requested item is ready for pickup. The item is placed on the self-serve pickup shelves under your last name. Items are wrapped for privacy.
  6. Items are held for 5 business days before the hold is automatically cancelled and the item is moved to the next person or returned to the shelves.

Cancelling a Hold: Log in to your library account. Go to “Requests (Holds)”. Select the title(s) you wish to cancel by placing a check mark in the box next to it. Click on ‘Cancel Selected’ or ‘Cancel All.’

Restrictions: Holds may not be placed on Reference Books and many items in Special Collections.

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Fines & Fees

To see what charges are on your account, click here.

How to pay

  • In person at the library with cash or check
  • By mail with check
  • Checks should be payable to Portsmouth Public Library
  • Mail to: 
    Circulation Department
    Portsmouth Public Library
    Portsmouth, NH 03801

Nonresident Fee

  • 1 year $90.00
  • 6 months $50.00
  • Seniors (age 65 or older) $85.00 and $45.00

Overdue Fines

  • $.10 per day per item
  • $2.00 maximum per item

Overdue Video/DVD Fines

  • $1.00 per day per item
  • $10.00 maximum per item

Billing Fee

  • $2.00 per item

Lost Library Cards

  • $1.00 each

Computer Storage

  • $10.00 1gb thumb drive

Headphones

  • $1.25 each

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