Our Archival Room contains extensive resources on the Lakes Region and surrounding areas. For Alton genealogy research this is a good place to start. We are pleased to say that the Alton Historical Society is also located here in this building.
We offer a broad selection of CD music and CD audiobooks for circulation, as well as a few audiobooks on cassettes. You may choose to utilize our comfy listening center or check materials out for a 3 week period.
Fiction, Nonfiction, Classics, Large Print, and Paperback materials may also be checked out for three weeks. Our Collection is divided into the Adult wing (John D. & Anna L. Williams Room) and the Youth Wing (Margaret E. Kayser Room). The Youth wing is further divided between BoardBooks, EASY (picturebooks), J (Juvenile chapter books), and YA (Teen/Young/Adult books).
The Gilman Library offers an extensive collection of DVDs and a few VHS videos for circulation. Materials may be checked out for tone week. Click here to download page one of the circulation policy and click here to download page two, Click here to download our overdue policy. The full circulation policy is also available at the library.
Automated notices are computer generated by the library circulation system. Patrons can send “command” texts (commands can be lower, upper case, or mixed; it doesn’t matter). Available commands are: renew due, renew all, summary, and help. Any derivation from the exact command will not elicit the correct action and will generate a "library is closed" notice and forward your text to the librarian text box. Patrons may also communicate with staff during open hours by initiating a conversation. The text box is checked periodically through the business day and may not receive an immediate response. Automated system commands are trigger immediate computer-response, 24/7. Exact text commands are as follows:
InterLibrary Loan or I - L - L [eye-ell-ell]
Do you use Interlibrary Loan a lot? You can now have fun searching the holdings of all the libraries in New Hampshire. Use the hyperlink on the left or bookmark this site: www.nhu-pac.library.state.nh.us. New books will not be loaned for the first 6 months after publication and not all libraries loan audio/video materials, so some of your findings may not be available to borrow. Requested items usually arrive at our library in 1-2 weeks. The loaning library sets the due date and you must return your materials on time to keep using this privilege. We are happy to be able to offer you this service.
You may request materials using the contact form on the CONTACT page, or by submitting a "Patron Request Form" found at the Gilman Library, texting through GABBIE-Text-a-Librarian, emailing to email@example.com or by using the most expedient method, following these directions:
Library patrons and visitors, 18 years of age and older, may access the Internet. Consent signatures on file are required for all persons under the age of 18 to access the Internet. Computers may be used on a walk-in basis, for one-half hour, or longer, if no one else is waiting. If the waiting list is extensive, we reserve the right to limit usage to 15-minute increments. Click here to download our Internet policy. Patrons can access our wireless network with their own wireless devices free of charge. Bring your own computer and enjoy the convenience of working with your own systems while enjoying the quiet, friendly and climate controlled atmosphere of our library.
Magazines, Newspapers & Periodicals
A few local newspapers are available for in-house use. You may also access Newspapers online. Our collection includes many titles that are available for circulation. All issues circulate one week. As with all materials, renewals are available if no one is waiting! Discarded magazines are also free for the taking in our Magazine Swap bookcase. We also have Paperback Swap, a Jigsaw Puzzle Swap, and an ongoing book sale in two locations. Ask for details at the circulation desk. We also offer ONLINE NEWSSTAND (click to redirect ), which organizes many of the most popular magazines by category, and NH State Libraries NHEWLINK (click to redirect ), which provides a number of periodical databases for business, health, and general research.
We welcome the use of the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room for social, educational and cultural activities that are open to the public. Reservations may be made at the circulation desk or by calling 875-2550. Click here to download full policy and click here to download guidelines, also available at the library.
Photocopies and computer printouts are 15 cents per page. We charge $1.00 per page for outgoing FAX service. We do not receive incoming FAX. We require that you use our Cover sheet, but we do not include a charge for that page in your total. This sheet will also act as your receipt. Click here to download our FAX policy.
We have several weekly Story Times for the preschool age, including Story Time with Granny Apple, Story Time with Miss Lily, and Pajama Story Time with Miss Lily. Children may book appointments with Ginnie the Reading Dog. We offer a variety of regular programs for all ages. LEGO Club, Teen Movie Matinee, Snacks & Crafts Club, Alton Book Chat Book Group, Gilman Library Writers Group, and Basic Computer for Beginners, all meet monthly, year-round. Click here to redirect to Program information.