Library Usage

How do I get a library card, replace a lost card, or renew an expired card?

Sign Up: Library card signup is free of charge to Pelham residents or persons who work or go to school in Pelham. Please bring your ID and proof of residency when you register for a card. If you do not meet our requirements for a free card, you may pay a yearly fee to have borrowing privileges. You can sign up for a temporary card online, but to receive a permanent card you will have to visit the library to verify residency.

Replace: If you have lost your library card, a librarian can assist you in getting a replacement. We charge a $3 fee for a replacement card.

Renew: Pelham Public Library cards for residents expire every 3 years. This allows the Library to update records with correct contact information and ensure cardholders continue to meet elligibility requirements for a free card. Nonresident cards expire every year and can only be renewed once the annual fee for the service has been paid.

How do I suggest a book or other materials for the Library’s collection?

To make a suggestion fill out our purchase suggestion form through our library catalog. You will have to log into your library account to make suggestions. We also take suggestions for our Library of Things.

How do I use curbside service?

Curbside service is available during all our open hours. If you need a document printed, copied, or faxed please let us know and we are happy to assist. Contact-less service requests are placed in our entryway for pickup. For curbside pickup or to make a request for contact-less service, call 603-635-7581 or text 339-234-7372, or e-mail

How many books or other library materials can I check out at once?

As long as you are a Library cardholder in good standing, you may check out as many materials as you like.

Is there a Lost & Found?

Patrons are solely responsible for all personal Items. Items left behind are sent to the Pelham Police Station, 14 Village Green, (603) 635-2411.

Items that are hazardous or perishable will be disposed of appropriately.

Is there a public computer I can use?

There are eight computers in the adult area downstairs, four in the teen area upstairs, and two in the children's area. The Library also provides Wi-Fi. You do not need a library card or guest pass to use the computers or Wi-Fi and use of these resources is free of charge. All public computer and Wi-Fi usage must adhere to the Library's Computer & Internet Use Policy as well as the Library's Behavior Policy.


Is there a public printer, copier, scanner, or fax machine?

Print: Public computers can be used to print. There is a charge of $.15 per black and white printed page, $.35 per color page. A library staff member can assist you with printing from a personal wireless device. Please pay for prints at the Library's main desk.

Photocopy: The photocopier is located near the public computers on the first floor. Copies are $.15 each for black and white, and $.35 for color. Please pay for copies at the Library's main desk.

Scan: The public photocopier can be used to scan and save documents to a USB drive. If you'd like to email your documents, you can use a public computer to do so. There is no charge for scanning.

Fax: A librarian at the downstairs desk can assist you with sending a fax. The fee is $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for every page after that. We have cover sheets available upon request. Faxes must be sent within the continental United States. The library does not receive incoming faxes.

What books or other materials can I donate to the library?

The Library welcomes the donation of new or gently used books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, and audiobooks as long as the materials are in good condition. Encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, old technology such as VHS tapes or Cassettes, and old magazines are not accepted. We also consider donated tech, tools, and other equipment for our Library of Things.

Donated items will be considered for addition to the Library's collection in accordance with our Collection Development Policy. Items not added to the collection will be offered to the Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP). FLIP sells donated books within the library and at their book sales. The proceeds of these sales benefit the Library.

If you would like a receipt for your donation, we have a gift acknowledgement letter. This will be your receipt for tax purposes. As the recipient of the donation, the Library is prohibited by law from appraising the donated property. It is your responsibility to list the items and assign a value to them (or get them appraised).

What is that other building in the center of town that says “Pelham Library”?

The old building in the center of town that says “Pelham Library” is the former library.  It was built in 1896 and served as the town’s library until 2003, when the new building on the Village Green was opened.
Currently, the old library serves as the home for the Pelham Historical Society.

Library Policies

Behavior Policy
Circulation Policy
Collection Development Policy
Computer & Internet Use Policy
Library of Things
Security Camera Policy
Unattended Children Policy
Volunteer Policy

Volunteers are a vital part of the Library. They generally provide support services to staff or work on special projects. All applicants must be between the ages of 14-18 volunteer at the library and first will need to fill out and complete the Volunteer Application form and have it approved by the Head of Teen Services to request volunteer hours. Interested applicants can send the completed form to or drop it off at the Library book drop. For more information click here.