Please check this page periodically for further information about the library response to the COVID 19 illness.

Library OPEN by Appointment Only

The Paul Memorial Library is now open by appointment.

To make an appointment, call 778-8169 or email newpl@comcast.net . 
Appointments will be for up to one hour, and are limited to two persons at a time.

Please note: All our shelves are available for browsing, but toys and crafts have been removed to limit potential spread of germs.

Patrons visiting the library should maintain good social distancing practices and we respectfully ask that you wear a mask or other face covering.

Please use the parking lot entrance for in-person visits. The front entrance is reserved for curbside delivery during bad weather!

As of June 15, we are resuming our normal library hours (but please make an appointment):

Monday: 12pm to 4pm
Tuesday:  10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 12pm to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm 

One public computer will be available for use during this next phase of re-opening.

The Library will continue to offer contactless curbside pickup of library materials during regularly scheduled hours Monday through Saturday. Curbside delivery takes place on the table inside the front door of the library.

The Inter Library Loan System remains totally offline and the NH State Library has not announced any plans yet to bring the service back into operation. We will let you know when this changes.

The Library will continue to keep you updated on any changes through the website and Facebook.

Our Commitment to Our Community

The world is changing rapidly and at the moment there is a lot of uncertainty and concern regarding COVID-19. Everyone is trying to balance normal, everyday tasks with the public health concerns of a pandemic. Pandemic is a scary word, which the Director General of the World Health Organization did not use lightly in his remarks to the world. You can read his whole speech here; I want to focus on these words, “Prevention. Preparedness. Public health. Political leadership. And most of all: People. We’re in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.”

At the library, our main focus is on you and the Newfields community. We are committed to doing what we can to help prevent the spread of illness and provide calm, helpful service in the changing public health landscape. We strive to be proactive in these goals.

This message will outline available services to meet your educational and recreational needs, to help preserve normalcy in an uncertain time, and to help prevent the spread of illness.

Please contact me at any time at pmldirector@comcast.net or 603-778-8169.
Kind regards, Carl Heidenblad, Library Director.

Questions You May Have

How will the library Board of Trustees decide what actions to take?

The Board of Trustees feels we have an obligation to:

  • Provide a safe and welcoming public library.
  • Ensure our staff is safe and understands we are doing our best to support them.
  • Provide accurate information from experts to our patrons.
  • Communicate clearly on what we are going to do/ not do.

The Board of Trustees has been in contact with several people in the medical field to help us provide the right information. 

  • We have board members who are medical professionals and have been advised by the town health officer. 
  • We are also in contact with the board of selectmen. 
  • The library will post / re-post any information we can to provide useful information regarding COVID-19.
  • The board will make determinations with the Library Director and medical professionals if there are any further steps needed to provide a safe and welcoming library.  

Will you cancel programs?

  • We have canceled all in-person library programs and events including LEGO club and Story Hour until further notice. 
  • We are working hard to bring you virtual/contact-free programming and resources. Please continue to check the library website as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates as well as online resources and programs available to our patrons.
  • Visit our “Resources” page for an updated list of programming.

What if my items are due or overdue?

  • We are now accepting returns in our book drop located on the front walkway.
  • If the book drop is full, please come back another time.
  • See our post on book returns here.

How can I check out books online?

Whether the library is open or closed, you can access thousands of books right from your phone or tablet at home!

Use the Libby app to check out ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more with your Paul Memorial Library card.

Visit our website for step-by-step instructions on how to download and check out books today.

Do you have curbside pickup?

We are now offering no-contact curbside pickup services during our regular operating hours Monday through Saturday.

Please see our Curbside Pickup FAQ page for more info.

Community Health Information

Good information is good for you! Misinformation spreads faster than illness. For reliable information on COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, visit these websites for reliable and up-to-date information:

New Hampshire Updates:

  • NH DHHS State Updates on Covid-19 including a map of the spread and number of tests completed and pending.
  • State library updates and resources with NH governor executive orders linked.
  • NH residents who can’t work/have lost work due to Covid-19 can access unemployment benefits now thru https://www.nhes.nh.gov

Page last updated 7/16/2020.