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Library cards expire. If you need to renew, simply call the library and answer a few security questions, and we will be happy to renew it for you over the phone!


You are welcome to apply for a library card in person or online. Both methods require you to come into the library with your photo identification and proof of residence in order to obtain a valid library card.

To initiate the process online, simply click the [SIGN-UP] tab in the upper-right corner by the [LOG-IN] tab. Please read the instructions carefully, as you complete the simple form. We will print it out after reviewing your documentation at the circulation desk.

Alton and Alton Bay property owners and residents have a free, renewable five-year membership and Summer residents have a free, renewable two-year-membership. Non-residents are charged $20 per year for a yearly membership. We hope to hear from you soon.

Gilman Library Services

Our Virtual Library Never Closes!

The doors are unlocked! We are open for our regular business hours.


Masks are now optional at the Gilman Library! We are open for our regular business hours. You do not need to make an appointment. We are currently limited to a capacity of thirty on the main floor, including staff, at any given time. Safety is our highest concern. The Library Board is continually assessing and adjusting procedures with respect to the current situation.

Curbside service is still available. The After-Hours Book drop is available for books only, after-hours. Please do not place DVDs or CDs in the Book Drop. Please do not place donated materials in the book drop. Please be advised that we are not currently accepting any material donations, new or used, until further notice. Donations of magazine subscriptions sent from the publisher, or donation of monies to purchase materials, are gladly accepted, anytime. Thank you for understanding.

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


100 Main Street

[Mailing address: PO Box 960]

Alton, NH 03809

Telephone: (603) 875-2550

FAX: (603) 651-0737

Texting SMS number: (603) 267-4302

Electronic Resources

Sorry, access to electronic resources is suspended until issues are resolved. Please see My Account for details.

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Grades 5-12 Online Digital Library.

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