The library is open Saturday.  We will be closed on Monday, May 27th to honor Memorial Day.  

Durham Public Library


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General Info. & Library To-Go Service

How to sign up for a library card

If you are a resident of Durham, please bring your drivers' license with your current Durham address.  If your drivers’ license does not have your Durham address, please bring proof of residency (tax bill, lease, mortgage statement or utility bill, electronic copies accepted).

If you are a UNH student, bring your student id. 

If you are a UNH or Town of Durham employee, bring a copy of your paystub, a company ID or a letter confirming employment on company letterhead.

If you are employed at a school in the Oyster River School District, bring your school ID. 

We are happy to get you into our system and using our resources!


The Library is currently open for browsing sessions and for printing, faxing, notary (please call ahead for an appointment) and email services. Please visit the other pages in this menu as well as the Books & Media and Events & Programs menus for all of our digital services. 

Library to-go: Please read the guidelines for this contactless pick-up service below.

Picking Up Your Reserves:

  • Library materials may be placed on hold via the library catalog at www.durhampubliclibrary.org; telephone at (603) 868-6699; or email at durhampl@gmail.com. 
  • Items reserved Monday through Friday will be ready the next day. Items reserved on Saturday and Sunday will be available by Monday.
  • Patrons will be notified via email that materials are ready for pickup.
  • Patrons will enter and exit the building thru the Main Library Lobby and reserves will be on the shelf in the Lobby.
  • Books and materials will be checked out, wrapped and marked with the patron's name and the pull date.  
  • All books and materials remain on the lobby shelf for five (5) business days (Monday-Saturday) for pickup. After five business days, all materials are returned to the stacks. 

Printing Services

*Public computers are available. Please use the computers that are turned on. 

The library supports self-service printing from our eight public computers. The charge is 10 cents per page (single or double sided paper) for black and white printing; color printing costs 50 cents per page.


Copying & Scanning

The library has a copy machine near the front desk. Self-service copying costs 10 cents per page for black and white copies; color copies cost 50 cents per page. The library copier has a scan mode, scanning and faxing is free. 


Notary Public Services

*Notary Services are available by appointment!

DPL currently has three Notaries on the library staff. Please call ahead, at 603-868-6699, to make sure that a Notary is available when you need them.

Notary Services Policy

The Durham Public Library offers Notary Public Services free of charge for the benefit of the residents of our community.

The following policy will be followed in the provision of Notary Service:

A. Scheduling:

It is recommended that patrons seeking Notary Service call the Library prior to their visit to ensure that a Notary is available. The Library may not be able to accommodate requests for Notary Services without an appointment.

B. Documents:

Notary service is limited to (3) documents requiring no more than (5) signatures per person per visit.

The document(s) to be notarized must include the proper notary certification statement applicable to the document to be notarized.

The Library Notary shall not review the contents of a document, other than to make a determination of a certified copy. Nor shall the Library Notary provide advice or comment with respect to the contents of a document.

The Library will not facilitate mortgage or real estate Closings between parties.

Certain documents cannot be copied and notarized.

Examples of these include: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Naturalization and Citizenship Certificates and Recorded Instruments, competency determinations, or documents in a foreign language presented as a true copy.

C. Requester:

Signers of documents must provide the Notary with at least one valid form of identification that provides a physical description and photograph of the signer. Requests for notarization without proper identification will be declined.

Acceptable and satisfactory evidence of identification are:

• A current passport from any country, written in a language that the Notary can read;

• A valid unexpired photo driver's license from any state of the United States, Mexico or province of Canada;

• A valid unexpired non-driver’s photo identification card from any state of the United States.

• A United States photo military identification card, or other form of governmental identification, which is current and unexpired, and which contains the signature and photograph of the individual.

It is recommended that requestors of Notary services provide their own witnesses. The Library may not have staff available to serve as witnesses of notarized documents. Witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the Library. A witness must be in possession of a valid unexpired photo ID.

D. Notary:

A Notary's duty is to screen the signers of important documents for their identity, their willingness to sign free of duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.

The Notary and the customer seeking notarization shall be able to communicate directly and be in the same physical location with each other. Library Notaries are not permitted to make use of a translator to facilitate communication during a Notary Services transaction.

E. Notary Services:

Durham Public Library Notaries shall not accept a protest of a negotiable instrument or a deposition to be notarized.

In accordance with New Hampshire RSA 455; Notaries will not provide services if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for Notary Service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the Library. In this event, the library Notary may, at his/her/their sole discretion, decline to provide Notary Service


Device Help

Need help with your new phone, tablet, or other mobile device? Our Device Help staff can lend a hand with some of the basics. Sample questions include using email, surfing the web, wading through resources and databases, navigating the Library’s downloadable books and accessing your account online.
 
Stop by the circulation desk any time or call at 603-868-6699 to sign up for a session. We currently have sessions available on Thursday mornings from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. Additional times will be added based on staff availability and patron needs.


Meeting Rooms

The meeting rooms in the library are intended for library programming and for public gatherings of a civic, cultural, or educational nature. The library encourages use of the meeting rooms by local nonprofit groups and organizations, according to the determined guidelines and conditions. 

Please contact the Durham Public Library with any questions you may have or click HERE to request a meeting room. 


3D Printing

The Durham Public Library now has an Ultimaker 3 3D printer!

The 3D printer melts plastic filament to create paper-thin layers that build professional-quality, high-resolution 3D objects from digital designs.The printer turns original designs for toys, household items and prototypes into plastic reality!
What will YOU make?

Quick Facts 

Our 3D printer slicing software, Cura, is compatible with .stl or .obj files.   

The cost of printing is $.10/gram. 

Print projects must require less than 6 hours to print.   

The size of printed objects is limited to 8.4“ L x 8.4“ W x 7.8“ H or smaller.   

The PLA filament is not suitable for: 

* Use with candles, liquid fuels, and other heat sources.  

* Any food or drink applications. 

*Any electrical applications 

*Chemical storage 

A library card is not required to submit a print request.  

Questions? 

Please email library staff at dplnh3dprint@gmail.com.  

Suggestions for Printing 

  1.  Must be an original design, not an object or character that is subject to copyright or trademark protection (for example: Disney, Star Wars, Minecraft, Lego, etc). 
  2. Check the file format to make sure it is .stl or .obj.   
  3. Our printer prints in layers, from the bottom up, and each layer must be supported by something beneath it.  If part of a model has nothing beneath it, the printer has to print supports beneath that part. 
  4. Check to make sure your downloaded model has been successfully printed by many people. 
  5. Design must meet our 3D Printer Policy