Browse by appointment

Browse by Appointment Services

We are very excited to announce that we are moving to our next phase of reopening by adding browsing by appointment on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 15th.

Please note that the library will offer these services for Allenstown Public Library cardholders only unless you will be signing up for a card. The library building will remain closed to the public except by appointment. This service is dependent on many factors including availability of staffing, availability of PPE, and levels of community virus spread. If at any point these conditions change, the library is prepared to roll back services on short notice. The restroom will not be available for public use.

We will continue to offer curbside pickup on Tuesdays for those at high risk, or those who are simply more comfortable with less contact.

Browse By Appointment How-To

1. Contact the Library to schedule a browsing appointment. You can call us at 485-7651, message us through Facebook, or email

Appointments are 20 minutes for one party (which may include multiple members of a household) to browse the main floor of the library.
Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment or your browsing time will be limited. We are currently unable to provide browsing of the basement. However, if you need something from downstairs a staff member can always retrieve it for you.

2. Call 485-7651 and let us know you’re here!

Before entering the building, please return all borrowed items directly to the book drop for a 3-day quarantine. Please note that you (and members of your party, ages 3+) will be required to wear a mask while in the building. If you don’t have one, masks will be available for you. We also ask that you use hand sanitizer when you enter the building, which will also be supplied by the library.

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Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup

The library will begin offering curbside pickup June 16th by appointment only. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new process. Here’s how it will work:

  1. You will place holds by logging in to your account online, searching/browsing the catalog, or by calling the library. 
  2. When your holds are ready, you will receive an email, Facebook message, or phone notification from the library.
  3. At that point, you must either call the library at (603) 485-7651, email,  or message us through Facebook to schedule a pickup time. Pickup times will be between 11 AM and 3 PM Tuesday and Thursday. 
  4. Visit the library at the allotted time to retrieve your materials. At this time, you may also return any items you have out, using the library-approved procedure.

How will I pick up my holds?

Items will be placed in front of the library entrance, in bags labeled with your last name. 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.

At this time the library building will remain closed to the public.

Returns can be placed in the outside dropbox.

How can I find out if my holds are ready?

We ask that you wait until the library has contacted you to let you know your items are ready. At that time, you may schedule a pickup.

How do I place holds on items?

How to place a hold online:

  1. To place a hold you must have a valid Allenstown Public Library card.
  2. Go to and click on CATALOG or click right here.
  3. Log in to your Library Account using your library card barcode number and the last 4 digits of the phone number you provided the library at sign-up.
  4. Conduct a search in the Library Catalog
  5. To request that the item be saved for you (placed on hold), click on Reserve. The system will immediately ask you to reserve again. Click on Reserve and then click on OK to confirm the hold. The system will then show you this and any other holds on your record.
  6. The library will notify you by email, Facebook messenger, or by phone when a requested item is ready for pickup.
  7. If you have difficulty logging in or accessing the internet, feel free to call us at (603) 485-7651 to place a hold over the phone.

Remember – we will let you know when the items are ready for you to schedule curbside pickup.

Can I request items from other libraries?

No. At this time, we are not receiving items from other NH libraries.

What safety precautions is the library taking?

All curbside pickup holds will be placed in brand new, never used bags by staff wearing masks and gloves.

We will be quarantining all returning items for a minimum of 72 hours. We will also be quarantining all newly ordered and received items arriving in the library before they are added to the library’s collection.

All library services will be operated with the minimum number of library staff, to avoid opportunities for contact.

How long will you offer this service?

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 at for updates.

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Help support the library!

As a reminder, for the month of October, Allenstown Public Library will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag at the Shaw’s store located at Shaw’s 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett NH.

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Help us on Amazon Prime day!

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Allenstown Public Library.

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Staff Favorites

Check out our October staff recommendations! If you ever need help finding something to read or watch just ask!

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We are very excited to share that the Allenstown Public Library has been selected as the beneficiary of the @Shaws GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program! Each time the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s store located at 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett NH during the month of October we will receive a $1 donation!

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Take home crafts

The library now has take-and-make crafts available for curbside pickup! We’re starting with this adorable Rapunzel craft. If you would like to make one schedule a curbside appointment and maybe grab a few books or movie while you’re at it!

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Staff Favorites

Welcome to the first of our monthly staff recommendations! If you ever need help picking something to read or watch just ask!

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Expanded Curbside

Curbside hours are expanding! you can always see what we have by visiting
We are also happy to pick out books for you if you’re having trouble deciding!

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New Library Programs

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The library is very excited to announce that due to a generous grant from New Hampshire Humanities we are now offering Hoopla Digital! All library cardholders can access Hoopla, a digital media service allowing you to instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more. Even better, there are no wait times, because everything is instantly available! All you need is your library card number. If you don’t know yours contact the library and we will provide it. Learn more at

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