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Library Hours:

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday (September - June): 9am - 2pm
For seasonal and holiday closings, please see our online calendar.

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May 5, 2020

With the Governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order to May 30, the GPL remains closed to the public. I am working on a phased approach to reopening, that will be measured and intended to keep staff and visitors safe and healthy. This may take many months. My goal is to get the staff back into the library building sometime in June, as long as the stay-at-home order is lifted, so that we can prepare to receive materials and begin parking lot pick-up.

Currently, all materials checked out are now due on dates beginning June 2, 2020; the GPL has 3,753 items out in the community.

What you can do now:

  • Learn how to log into your library account from home so you know when materials are due for return; get started at If you need help, please email us at and one of our awesome librarians will help.
  • Pay attention to communications from us that will be sent prior to June 2; please add to your email address book.
  • Plan to return materials on the exact day they are due if possible; we do not have the capacity to accept hundreds of items at once and quarantine them safely for our staff prior to cleaning and reshelving.

Even when closed, our staff is busy:

  • Our staff continues to work from home and misses you all. We are all anxious to get back to work together!
  • We continue to monitor email: for assistance with our online resources & services.
  • The chat service is available on our website, monitored by Michelle and Elizabeth.
  • Our YouTube Live story times & book talks continue, along with how-to videos and more.
  • Our 24/7 e-library is always available with your GPL card at

Up-to-date information will be posted at, and through social media. I will also continue to update you through our e-newsletter. You can subscribe at

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director

What To Do When You're Stuck At Home

National Library Week

Dianne Hathaway, Library Director

Dianne Hathaway, Library Director

Celebrate National Library Week

“As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.”

Today’s libraries can transform your life. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your Library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow.

Even when the building is closed, there is an abundance of online offerings for you to take advantage of – in the e-library, on our YouTube channel, and in the generous offerings of many library partners.

Need a reminder? Grab a copy of our takeout menu!

gpl takeout menu 2020

More links are added weekly to the What To Do When You’re Stuck at Home page.

What To Do When You're Stuck At Home

Some of our staff are sharing their message while working from home – READ! Join the fun and create your own READ® Poster with some help from If you post your own on social media, please share with us by tagging us, or using #CelebrateReading and #goffstownlibrary.

READ with Library staff

Thanks for being part of the GPL community.

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

U.S. Census 2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community. The 2020 Census marks the first time that you can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered March 12-20. Starting March 12, households can respond online at and input the unique code from their Census mailing, or their street address. The Library has computers available for public use.

An accurate count is critical to communities across the country. Review basic facts about the 2020 Census at, and learn how the Census Bureau protects your data at

2020 Census: How and Why to Get Counted In N.H.

If you have questions about something you’ve heard about the census, please visit to get the most accurate information.

Learn more about 2020 Census Jobs at

The 2020 Census and Confidentiality[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]