Updates

The Library building is closed to the public. Please check back here for more details as they become available. All updates are subject to change at a moment’s notice given the fluidity of the situation.

For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates please visit: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/


3/27/2020 Update

Modified Saturday pick-up hours

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Librarians will be available to answer the phone and email from 9 am to 12 pm.


3/24/2020 Update

To the kind souls donating books, we cannot accept anything other than library material returns at this time. The virus is a serious concern and can last several days or more on surfaces. We are quarantining all returns and do not have space or resources available to clean donations.

Please do not donate materials at this time.

New Online Resources!

The generous people at Tumblebooks have allowed libraries to offer their e-book and e-audiobook service free until August. 

Check it out on our Catalog page: https://laconia.biblionix.com/catalog/


3/23/2020 Update

Monday through Thursday Pick-up Hours

9:30 am-12:30 am and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

Librarians are available to answer the phones, email, and texts from 9 am through 6 pm.

Friday’s Pick-up Hours

9:30 am-12:30 am and 2:30 am-4:30 pm

Librarians will be available to answer the phone and email from 9 am to 5 pm.

Saturday’s Pick-up Hours

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Librarians will be available to answer the phone and email from 9 am to 1 pm.


3/20/2020 Update

Out of an abundance of caution, we are now quarantining all returns for a week. We will check returns in once they are out of quarantine and sanitize them to the best of our ability before putting them into circulation. As always, we have no overdue fees, and we are not sending out overdue notices at this time.


3/19/2020 Update

We have quarantined all returns for 4 days and then sanitized all returns and new books to the best of our ability.

Friday’s Pick-up Hours

9:30 am-12:30 am and 2:30 am-4:30 pm

Librarians will be available to answer the phone and email from 9 am to 5 pm.

Saturday’s Pick-up Hours

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Librarians will be available to answer the phone and email from 9 am to 1 pm.


3/18/2020 Update

At this time, the library building is closed to the public. For now, we are still working in the building and are here to answer questions and help you access materials. 

Instructions for placing and picking up your holds

Place a hold through your online account, by email: info@laconialibrary.org, phone: (603) 524-4775x12, or text: (603) 556-4666. Make sure you include your full name and best contact number for us to reach you. Provide us with an approximate time for pick up. 

Pick up your materials during one of our pick-up time slots: 9:30 am-12:30 am and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

You will be able to place a hold on up to five items at a time per card, not to exceed the regular maximums of material types, which can be found on our Library Services and Information Page. This is to ensure all of our patrons have access to our collection during this time. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we cope with the evolving situation.

If you need help choosing materials, setting up your online account, or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: info@laconialibrary.org, phone: (603) 524-4775x12, or text: (603) 556-4666. 

Homebound delivery and Inter-library loans are not available at this time. If you usually receive outreach and have someone available to come to pick up your requests, we can place them outside for you.

We are doing our best to serve you during this time.


3/17/2020 Update

Limited Library Services

  • For Pick-up Only
  • 1 person at a time in the vestibule area
  • Please wait outside while we retrieve your items
  • Limit to 5 items
  • Unless you call ahead and make an appointment
  • No Public Restrooms

Pick-Up Window Hours

Monday through Thursday

9:30 am-12:30 am and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

Librarians are available to answer the phones, email, and texts from 9 am through 6 pm.


3/16/2020 Update

The Laconia Public Library building is currently closed to the public in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

DUE DATES

Don’t worry about the items you have out. The Library does not charge overdue fines.

RETURNS

If you wish to return items they can be left in the drop slot near the Church Street entrance. Items will then be placed in quarantine for 72 hours.

HOLDS

Don’t worry about your items on the hold shelf. Anything that was on the hold shelf at the start of the closure will still be there when the Library reopens.

REQUESTS

You will still be able to place requests during the closure.

EMAIL & PHONE

We will continue to monitor email and phone calls. If you have questions please call 603-524-4775 ext. 12, email info@laconialibrary.org, or text 603-556-4666.


HOW TO ACCESS MATERIALS FROM HOME

LPL is committed to keeping you entertained and informed throughout this difficult time. Here are some of the great digital resources we offer online:

  • New Hampshire Downloadable Books (login with your library card number)
    • Visit: https://nh.overdrive.com OR download the Libby app to your device
    • At this time there are 9843 eBook titles and 6963 audiobook titles (and often multiple copies of each title) available in the NHDB collection to check out and enjoy, as well as our handful of popular magazines.
  • Hoopla (login with your library card number)
    • Visit: https://www.hoopladigital.com OR download the Hoopla app to your device
    • Download/stream ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and television shows from an enormous digital collection. (Limited to 5 checkouts per month).
  • EBSCO Periodical Databases (login with your library card number)
    • Visit: laconialibrary.org (click on resources→ online databases→ EBSCO)
    • Access thousands of full-text articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals.

DON’T HAVE A LACONIA PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD?

Call us at 603-524-4775 ext. 12 to sign-up for a temporary account.

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