49 Madbury Road - Durham, NH 03824 - durhampl@gmail.com - 603-868-6699

Loan Rules
Library Card | Your Account | PIN/Password | Loan Rules | Renewals | Reserves

Getting a Library Card

Getting a library card is simple;
  1. Bring a photo ID or a piece of mail proving that you are a resident of Durham
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Upon completion, the librarian will issue you a library card

Remember to bring the card with you to the library. The barcode on the card will also help you access your account online from home and is also necessary when downloading audio or ebooks.

Durham residents may get a card for free. Students and teachers in the Oyster River School System, students from UNH, home-schooled children who reside in the Oyster River Cooperative School District and employees of Durham businesses may get a library card for free. Non-residents can pay a $75 annual fee for a card.
Children can get their own cards once they can write their full name. Parents may want to consider checking out materials for young children on the parent's card as patron information is restricted by state law, RSA 201-D:11.
Online Access to Your Account

Through your online account you may:
  • view the materials you have out
  • see the due dates
  • renew your materials, except inter-library loans which must be renewed by the lending library. Just call us at 603-868-6699
  • reserve a museum pass
  • change your password
  • place books on reserve
To login to your account, Click here
PIN / Password

The Library will issue each patron a password with which they can access their library account online. Some helpful knowledge about passwords:
  • Passwords will not be issued over the phone.
  • Once your account is accessed online it can be changed to any alpha-numeric password of at least 7 digits.

Loan Rules
  • Patrons may check out as many items at one time as they wish with the exception of DVDs and videos
  • Five DVDs/videos may be checked out on one card at a time
  • Lost items will be charged at the replacement cost of the item. Items not returned within 3 months of the due date will automatically be declared lost. Once a lost item has been paid for, the patron will not be reimbursed if the item is then found.
Material Type Loan Period Renewal
New Books 3 Weeks one time
Fiction/Nonfiction 3 Weeks one time
Audio Books 3 Weeks one time
Music CDs 3 Weeks one time
DVDs/Videos 1 Week no renewal
Does not circulate
1 week no renewal
1 week no renewal

Late fees

When checking out a library materials please note the due date. We print due date slip for every transaction to remind you when you need to return the materials back to make them available for other patrons. If the item is not returned by the due date and is not renewed, it will become a subject of a late fees.
The late fines are:
- 10 cents per day for a book, book on CD & audio CD, up to $2.00.
- $ 1.00 per day on DVDs, up to $5.00
- $ 5.00 per day for a telescope.
The maximum fine is $10 per person, or a family.



Materials may be renewed for the applicable loan period (see chart above) as long as there aren't any reserves on the item. Items that are on reserve must be returned to the library on time for the next patron. Books may be renewed at the circulation desk, online using your username and password or by phone, 868-6699.



Books and other materials may be placed on reserve either by phone, or through the online catalog using your library card number and password.

You will be called or emailed when reserved items which are presently checked out become available.



Durham Public Library
49 Madbury Road
Durham, NH 03824

Fax 603-868-9944