We are very excited to announce that we are moving to our next phase of reopening by adding browsing by appointment on Tuesdays 10:30 am – 6:00 pm and Thursdays 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
You will place holds by logging in to your account online, searching/browsing the catalog, or by calling the library.
When your holds are ready, you will receive an email, Facebook message, or phone notification from the library.
At that point,you must either call the libraryat (603) 485-7651, email email@example.com, or message us through Facebook to schedule a pickup time. Pickup times will be between 11 AM and 3 PM Tuesday and Thursday.
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:
To place a hold you must have a valid Allenstown Public Library card.
Log into 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.
Conduct a search in the Library Catalog
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.
The library will notify you by email, Facebook messenger, or by phone when a requested item is ready for pickup.
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 allenstownlibrary.org for updates.
Don’t forget! If you are an Allenstown resident without a library card who would like access to ebooks and e-audiobooks you can sign up online for a library card!
Message us on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give us your full name, address, phone, and email. We will respond as quickly as we can and issue a library card number. That number can be used immediately to access ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive and Libby.
$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents to Preserve Local History.
Allenstown Public Library has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library preserve and protect the history of Allenstown.
“We are so excited and grateful to receive this grant,” said Library Director Betsi Randlett. “This grant will allow our library to be a part of preserving local history and we are looking forward to everything we will learn through our community conversation.”
As part of the grant, Allenstown Public Library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host an online conversation with residents about preserving local history and use the grant funds to create historical markers for an historic walking trail created by the Allenstown Economic Development Committee.
If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Betsi Randlett at Allenstownlib@comcast.net, or visit http://allenstownlibrary.org for more information.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”
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On April 2, 2021, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Concord #613 Auxiliary members Valerie NB Merrill, Rachel A Heath and Carol Merrill presented a Golden Eagle Fund Grant to Allenstown Public Library Trustee Mike McGeehan for the purchase of large print books. Photographer Library Assistant Joy Randlett.
We are so thankful for this grant and the opportunity to provide new materials to our senior community!
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