Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

The library is closed. Curbside service is suspended until further notice. Book drop is open. 

Curbside Borrowing & Services

As of 7/8/2020: As a result of contact tracing, an employee's family member has tested postive for Covid 19. As a precaution, the library will be closed from Thursday, July 9th until further notice to deep clean. Curbside service is suspended. Please visit the the website or the Nesmith Library Facebook page for updates.

Library staff will be available to answer questions via Facebook message, the Ask a Librarian Chat app on the website, and email: info@nesmithlibrary.orgPlease continue to check this page, or follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for further updates.

The Nesmith Library remains temporarily closed. We are beginning to explore providing services again, with the safety of our patrons, staff, and greater community in mind every step of the way.
Visit our Updates page to keep up with the latest library updates and access local and national information about COVID-19. You can also view our Health Resources page for in depth resources about the current situation and general health resources.

On 6/11/2020, the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force announced guidelines for reopening libraries in NH. At this time, we will be continuing Curbside Borrowing only. The library building will remain closed. For our current reopening status, please visit our Phased Reopening page.

As of May 18, our outdoor book drop opened to accept returned materials.

As of June 1, we have started offering curbside borrowing services. See below for curbside borrowing instructions!

As of July 6, our Curbside Borrowing hours will be extended! Pick up your items using curbside service, Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-7 PM, Friday, 10 AM-4 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM-3 PM.

Staff will be in the building Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-8 PM, Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM to answer phone calls. Please call us with any questions at all at (603) 432-7154, or you can email at any time. At this time, the library building will still be closed to the public.

Curbside Borrowing

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new process.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Place Items on Hold: You can place holds on Nesmith Library items (no other GMILCS or ILL items at this time), by logging in to your account online and searching/browsing the catalog or by calling the library (phone calls: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-8 PM, Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM). We will try to honor all requests, but please limit your holds to a reasonable number as we adjust to this new process. Filling requests may take longer than it has in the past. 
  • Notification: When your holds are ready, you will receive an email or phone notification from the library. Most patrons have an email as their default notification: please contact us if you would prefer a phone call when your items are ready.
  • Pickup: After we notify you that your items are ready, you may visit the library to pick up your items during our curbside service hours (Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-7 PM, Friday, 10 AM-4 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM-3 PM). Please follow these pickup steps:
    • When you arrive in the parking lot, call the library at (603) 432-7154 to let us know you are here.
    • Library staff will then check out your materials and leave them outside the library, on a table, in a paper bag with your name on it.
    • Please wait in your car or six feet away before approaching the pickup table if staff or other patrons are there when you arrive. Please verify that it is your package before you leave!

Returns: All returns should be placed in the exterior book drop. Please do not leave returned materials at the pickup table. Your returned items will remain on your account for a few days after you bring them back, because library staff are quarantining returned items to ensure they are safe. Please call us if you have an item to return which will not fit in the book drop. We are not accepting book donations at this time.

View our flyer with curbside instructions:

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Need help placing holds online? Our Circulation Manager Karen recorded this great walkthrough of placing holds in our online catalog. You can also call the library (603-432-7154) to place hold requests to participate in curbside borrowing.

Don't have a library card yet? Sign up for a digital library card through our catalog, and contact or call (603) 432-7154 for assistance!

For more information about your library card, please visit our full Library Cards & Lending page.

What safety precautions is the library taking?

In accordance with town policy, staff will be wearing masks when delivering your books.  We ask that patrons wear masks, if possible, and follow posted curbside instructions when retrieving their items. In concert with the town, the library has taken the following steps before offering these services:

  • Deep cleaned frequently used surfaces
  • Obtained adequate stores of disinfectant and hand sanitizer, as well as protective gear for staff
  • All staff will be wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing while in the building.
In addition, we will be quarantining all returned items for a minimum of 72 hours. We will also be quarantining all newly ordered and received items arriving in the library, before they are added to the library’s collection. All library services will be operated with the minimum number of library staff, to avoid opportunities for contact.

How long will you offer this service?

Until further notice. Since our service levels are determined based on a number of public health factors, we do not know when our services, or our hours, will change. Please check our COVID-19 Updates page for new announcements as well as past updates.

Rest assured that library is working on plans for the next phase of reopening, and we look forward to serving you further in the future!

Read on for a taste of the digital services we provide, and please contact us with any questions!


Digital Reading


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Borrowing ebooks & other digital content is easy with your Nesmith Library card!

Your Nesmith Library card grants you access to a wide variety of digital collection materials through three primary services: Hoopla, CloudLibrary, and OverDrive (Libby). Visit our full Digital Reading page for instructions and further details! Visit our document with Seven Books from Seven Genres recommended by Nesmith Librarians and staff for each age group, all available all the time through Hoopla!

 Digital Resources


Access a wide variety of research and general interest databases using your library card! The resources on our Databases page are all accessible from home.

Ancestry Library Edition is TEMPORARILY ACCESSIBLE FROM HOME: Log in with your library card barcode and PIN - Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Click here to log into our catalog with your library card barcode and PIN, to access Ancestry Library Edition!


  • Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines, academic journals, and reference books.
  • NoveList will help you find your next great read, using genres and books you’ve enjoyed reading previously. Search up a favorite author, or learn why you really loved that multiple genre story, and search for similar reads you may not have found!
  • America’s Genealogy Bank, along with our other resources from NewsBank, open up genealogy and historical research sources using newspaper articles and archives across the nation.
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