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

New & Noteworthy DVDs in the Adult Collection

  • 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

All Other DVDs (Adult & Youth)

  • Limit: 10 DVDs
  • Loan Period: 2 weeks
  • Renewals: May be renewed 1 time if no one else is waiting for the item
  • Returns may be returned in Media Drop Box outside

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 CD's can be returned in the Media Drop Box outside.

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.
  • NOTE: Children's software is limited to two items per library card holder.

Kindles

  • Limit Based on Availability
  • Loan Period: 2 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

Video Games

  • Limit: 4 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.

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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 Place hold. The system will immediately ask you to confirm the hold. Click on Confirm hold The system will then show you this and any other holds on your record.
  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 or Suspending a Hold: Log in to your library account. Go to “your summary” and then the Holds tab. To the right of the title are buttons to click to “Cancel” or to “Suspend” your hold. You may wish to suspend a hold if you think it may come to you while you are out of town or otherwise unable to pick it up. You can suspend to a specific date or indefinitely.

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, check, or credit/debit cards (additional fee applied)
  • 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

Lost Library Cards

  • $1.00 each

Computer Storage

  • $10.00 1gb thumb drive

Headphones

  • $1.25 each

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