Gilman Library response to COVID-19


Library Closed But Services Available

We support remote-learning and respect social-distancing.  In response to COVID-19, the library building is currently closed until further notice.  The Gilman Library Staff will be  will be available to respond to telephone calls, texts, or emails, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, to answer any questions, and to provide web-based services assistance. We are sorry for your inconvenience and wish you to remain safe and healthy. Our digital library never closes.   If you are a resident of Alton and Alton Bay, and you do not already hold a library card, please apply for a temporary virtual card.  Please also utilize our free wireless, from your inside your vehicle, in our parking lot.

All due dates for material items currently checked out of the library are extended until thirty days after the library re-opens.  Our book drop is currently closed. 

We invite you to continue or begin the use of our web-based and digital services.  Please note that the New Hampshire State Library has also suspended all Interlibrary loan van delivery service until further notice. 

If you are a resident of Alton and Alton Bay and do not have a library card, we invite you to apply for your 30-DAY Virtual Card.  Click the button below  to apply.    

Please know that all members of the Gilman Library Staff miss you, our patrons, and we and the Gilman Library Board of Trustees, wish you good health. Take care! 


Gabbie℠ Text-a-Librarian SMS text: 603-267-4302

The library building is closed but your virtual library never closes.  Access our free wi-fi, use our electronic resources, check out our digital downloadables 24/7.  Our Reference desk is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Your text will get a standard response below, but we will reply during the times stated. Take care and be safe.  

You will receive this response to your text:

"Your message has been received. In response to COVID-19, the library is closed until further notice. The Gilman Library Staff will respond to telephone calls,  emails,  or texts, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays."


Statement from the NHLA Executive Board. March 18, 2020

The  New Hampshire Library Association wants to commend the libraries and  local officials who have made the very hard decision to close their  doors to the public and at the same time, encourage others to take  action. 

NHLA  calls on all public libraries to close their doors in alignment with  their Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #1 Pursuant to Executive Order  2020-04 to transition all K-12 public schools to remote learning through  April 3, 2020 and Executive Order 2020-04 declaring a state of  emergency in NH. We stand in complete support of the libraries and local  officials who have already done so.

We  are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty as we face this  worldwide pandemic together. We all must do our part to minimize the  spread of COVID-19 in our communities. It is now best for us to stay  home.

As  the Center for Disease Control is now recommending that the best way to  slow the spread of the virus is to engage in work from home whenever  possible, avoid gatherings, and avoid discretionary travel, we urge the  immediate closing of all of our public, school, and academic libraries  in New Hampshire and recommend that they remain closed to the public  until medical professionals, the World Health Organization, and The  Center for Disease Control deem it prudent to re-open and resume regular  services.

We  encourage library administration and Boards of Trustees to pay full  wages and benefits including health coverage to library staff while  libraries are closed.

This  is a challenging time for us, the nation, and the world as we respond  to novel coronavirus and the uncertainty surrounding it. NHLA will do  our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving and fluid situation and  to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change.

The American Library Association has put together Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries

Be safe, stay well. Let us know how we can help.

New Hampshire Library Executive Board

 Amy Lappin
Deputy Director
Lebanon Public Libraries
Lebanon, NH 03766

NH Library Association President, 2020
ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2020-2022     


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