Gilman Library

Welcome to Gilman Library

Courtesy photo - Marty Cornelissen - 2018



In  extreme weather conditions, tune to WMUR or your local radio for  updates regarding the library closing. Please note that the Library  closes and programs are canceled when Alton Central School and Prospect  Mountain High School have a weather closing. In the event of a delayed  opening, all morning programs are canceled. Please tune to WMUR or your  local radio for updates.    

If Alton Central School and Prospect Mountain High School are closed due  to inclement weather conditions, the Gilman Library will be closed and  all library-sponsored programs will be canceled. If there is a school  delay, the library will be open. If inclement weather and poor travel  conditions occur in the evening, on a weekend, or on a school vacation  day, the library may be closed or close early, at the discretion of the  Library Director. In all cases of library weather closings, please check  with WMUR for the latest updates.


Open Hours

  • Tuesday & Thursday:  11:00 am - 7:00 pm 
  • Wednesday & Friday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Saturday:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday & Monday 

Holiday Closings (when a holiday falls between Tuesday and Saturday)

  • Thanksgiving and the following Friday (November 28th & 29th) 
  • Special Christmas Eve Hours: 9am to Noon, (Tuesday, December 24th)
  • Christmas (Wednesday, December 25th) 
  • Special New Year's Eve Hours: 9am to Noon, (Tuesday, December 31st)



Many  community groups and organizations book  their meetings in our Agnes  Thompson Meeting room on the lower level.  You are welcome to host your  meeting here. All meetings are to be  not-for-profit, open to the  public and no monies charged for entrance.  Just a friendly reminder: Monies for supplies may be collected, but sales of products are forbidden.  We do allow authors to sell their books at  library-sponsored  events.  Please think of us when searching for a venue for your group. .

Please note that the meeting room is for nonprofit activity.  Fees and admission must not be charged.  You may collect reimbursement from attendees for supples used.  If a tuition for classes is charged - this must be collected off-site.

Please review the policies below and guidelines and then call us with your requested times and telephone number.   


We appreciate your generous donations of gently used items.  However, due to limited space, *all* donations need to be *approved* at the circulation desk, rather than deposited in the after-hours-book-return-drop-box.   

DVDs and CDs must never be dropped into the after-hours-book-return-drop-box, as they can be damaged by incoming returns.   

The after-hours-book-return-drop-box is for just for returns only, returned after hours only.   All other items should be returned directly to the circulation desk.  

*Due to limited space, donations to our book sale must be gently used, and no older than five years.  Additional criteria must be met to add items to the collection.

Thank you for your considerate cooperation. 


In lieu of Library Passes to specific museums, the Gilman library offers a Museum Pass Reimbursement Plan.  If you are a library card holder in good standing, you may participate.  Simply submit your receipt  to have a reimbursement check issued for up to $20.00 per cardholder per visit with a limit of $60.00 per year. Receipts must be submitted within one month of the visit.   Patrons may visit any museum or educational attraction of their choice.


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Gilman Library


Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  


100 Main Street

Alton, NH  03809


Telephone:  (603) 875-2550 

FAX:  (603) 651-0737

Texting SMS number: (603) 267-4302  

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