Inside at the Gilman Library

The Circulation Desk


Friendly check out service

FAX and photocopy service

Guessing games, riddles, and contests

Fun raffles and featured display case 

(Ask about our Telescope)

Public Access Computers


Internet Access

Word Processing

Online research databases

Printing (15cents/sheet)

Free Wireless (sorry, no wireless printing, yet)

Audio - Video Collection





Books on CD and Cassettes

Music CDs

Audio and Book Kits


Jigsaw Puzzle Swap  ~  Paperback Book Swap  

Magazine Swap  ~  Music CD Swap

Friends Corner Book Sale  ~  Meeting Room Book Sale

In the Wings

Youth Wing - The Margaret E. Kayser Room


Whimsy Corner

The Stacks

Teen Zone

Adult Wing - The John D. & Anna L. Williams Room


Biography, Classics, Large Print and Magazines

Jigsaw Puzzle Table and Chess/Checkers Table

Puzzle & Paperback Swaps

Comfortable Seating

Archival Room


Local History

Town Reports

Lower Level

The Agnes Thompson Meeting Room


Library programs

Community Group Meetings

Ongoing-year-round Book Sale

Elevator Service and Amenities


Elevator for baby strollers, walking disabilities, heavy burdens, or just plain old "tired dawgs."  Unattended children are not allowed use.  Comfortable foyer and public restrooms. Lower entrance leads to back parking lot.

Alton Historical Society Museum


Open by appointment, year round. Also open during the summer, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.




Programs (check calendar for postponement or delays)

Alton Book Chat


The Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm

Alton Book Chat, established in 1999,is a library-sponsored book discussion group that meets monthly in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room (lower level entrance), Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton, NH 03809


Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held on the second Tuesday each month, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Call the library at 875-2550 to reserve your copy of the next book discussion title and get in on the fun! 

Caregiver Cafe


The Second Thursday of the Month at 11:00 am

Caregiver Cafe, an outreach of Cornerstone VNA, to support Alton area family caregivers, meets in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room (lower level entrance), Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton, NH 03809.  

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held on second Thursday of the Month at 11:00 am.  

For details, call Janice Howard, Life Care Director, at 332-1133 x1108.




Thursdays, with I.T. Specialist, Josh Monaco

Need  some computer help?  Check in to the Gilman Library and book a twenty-minute appointment with  I.T. Specialist, Josh Monaco, on Thursdays, between 11 am and noon or between 4 and 5 pm.    CALL or DROP BY to book your appointment today! 

Granny Apple Story Time


Granny Apple meets here with preschoolers at 10:00 am on Wednesdays during the school year.  She reads story books,  plays the guitar, teaches songs, and involves the children in inter-active story-telling.  Come on in and join the fun!  If school is closed for vacation or weather closings, there is no Granny Apple.  Check the library calendar for up-to-date information, or give the library a call at 875-2550.

Story Times are conducted at Whimsy Corner, in the Margaret E. Kayser Room (main floor, children's wing) during the school year, whenever school is in session.  If the Alton schools are closed for holidays, vacations or inclement weather,  the Story Time normally held on that day will also be canceled. 

Theater Thursdays


On the first Thursday of each month, at 2:00pm, the Gilman Library offers new and classic movies to enjoy with complimentary beverages and snacks to go hand in hand.  You will also receive a raffle ticket for coming and have the chance to win that night's movie theme related prize.  No sign-up is required.  Come and enjoy the show!   For more info, use our contact form or call 875-2550