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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 speak to the staff before making material donations. Thank you for understanding.


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. Non-resident fees are waived for all persons employed anywhere within Alton and Alton Bay, and for any students from neighboring towns, who attend Prospect Mountain (These courtesy cards become null and void if you leave your employment or when you graduate from high school). 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. 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.

DO YOU NEED TO RENEW YOUR CARD? ~ Library cards do 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 will keep your same patron account number!

DID YOU LOSE YOUR CARD? ~ If you misplaced your library card you may still use your library account. We are happy to look up your number, once we have verified your identity. If you would like a card reprinted, the replacement fee is $1.00.

WHIMSY CORNER ~ If you are visiting the Whimsy Corner at the Gilman Library, with your grown-up, please ask for your Whimsy Corner Card. You can get a stamp on the card for each visit (and one on your hand, too if you'd like!). After ten visits and the card is full and you can pick a free prize, and get a new Whimsy Corner Card. We hope to see you soon!

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