Getting your own Library Card is easy!

Show us proof of address verification

Fill out a simple registration card.

What are acceptable forms of address verification?

Any official document with your current address on it can be used to verify when obtaining a library card. Examples include:
  • Driver's license
  • Automobile registration
  • Utility bill
  • Current residential lease

Nesmith Library Borrowing Privileges

All residents of the Town of Windham are encouraged to use the Nesmith Library. 

Any person wishing to borrow materials from the Nesmith Library must register to borrow and will be assigned a library card.  Persons who register to borrow must supply the Library staff with the information requested on the application for registration. Children may register for a library card when they reach five years of age. 

Persons who register to borrow and accept the library card issued to them have agreed to abide by the rules, regulations, and all applicable policies approved by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees and administered by the Library staff.

It is the policy of the Nesmith Library not to reveal the borrowing records, reserve or fine records to any person other than the owner of the library card to which they are assigned. The library recognizes that library user records are protected and confidential by New Hampshire law. (RSA 201-D:11)

I.                   Resident Borrowing Privileges

  A. Eligibility.  Residents are defined as persons who own property and pay taxes on property in Windham, NH. Those residents whose primary residence is outside of Windham will be required to supply the library with a permanent mailing address.  Persons who do not own property will be considered residents if they have a valid Windham residence and will maintain their residence for a period longer than two months.

Residents may obtain a library card without charge with proof of Windham residency. 

  B.        Duration.  Cards are re-validated every three years.

  C.        Loan Periods and Limitations.  Non-reference books, magazines, computer software, and audio/visual materials circulate for a period of two weeks and are renewable twice provided no one has requested the material. Loan periods of other materials may vary.  Borrowing limits on numbers of items may apply on some materials. Interlibrary loan allows users to request materials outside our collection. Since interlibrary loan involves other libraries with their own policies and procedures, privileges are available to users in good standing. If interlibrary loan rules are not followed user privileges may be suspended at the discretion of the library director. Charges may apply for this service. Interlibrary loan periods vary.

    D.                Fines and Payment of Services.  Overdue fines are set at $.05 per item per day with the exception of museum passes and interlibrary loans, which are $1.00 per item per day.

The maximum fine per user will not exceed $10.00. Individuals who either have overdue library materials or owe more than $5.00 in fine money may be denied borrowing privileges.

Cost for replacing a library card for the first time is $1.00.  Any subsequent replacements will be $5.00.

The Library reserves the right to charge for services such as photocopying and printing from the computers, or for lost or damaged materials. A fee schedule for replacement costs is available upon request.

II.                Non-resident Borrowing Privileges

The Nesmith Library exists to serve the residents of the town of Windham, NH as a locally tax supported public library.  The Board of Trustees and the staff acknowledge that non-residents may wish to avail themselves of the services offered by the Nesmith Library.  The following prescribe the conditions for non-resident use of the Nesmith Library materials and services.

  A.        Eligibility.  Non-residents are defined as those persons who do not own property in Windham, do not have a valid Windham mailing address, and/or rent property in Windham for a duration of less than two months a year.

  B.        Duration.  Cards are re-validated annually.

  C.        Loan Periods and Limitations.  See Section I, C.

  D.                Fines and Payment of Services. 

A non-resident borrower’s card fee is $75.00 and expires after one year.  The non-resident fee of $75 is for one card per family.  Annual renewal cost is $75.00. 

See Section I, D.

III.             Non-resident Town Employees Courtesy Cards 

Non-resident Town Employees may apply for free courtesy cards.  Applicants will be asked to show proof of employment by the Town of Windham.  This card entitles non-resident town employees to all the privileges and services of a regular borrower’s card. Non-resident Town Employees cards are re-validated annually.

Non-resident Town Employees are defined as anyone who is employed by the Town of Windham, including the Nesmith Library, the Windham Administrative and Government Offices, Cable 51 Station, the Transfer Station, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Planning and Development Department, and the Public Schools and not residing in Windham. 

IV.              Corporate Card Policy

Anyone owning a business in the Town of Windham, NH is eligible for a free corporate library card.  Business owners are defined as persons who own a business and pay taxes to the Town of Windham, NH. This card entitles the business owner to all the privileges and services of a regular borrower’s card.

The business owner may, in writing, designate representatives to be responsible for using the card to obtain needed materials.  The owner will be held fully responsible for any problems associated with the corporate card’s borrowing privileges.  This card is not otherwise transferable.

V. Changes.   

All fees and borrowing times and limits are subject to review and/or change by the Library Board of Trustees, as they deem necessary.

Adopted this 9th day of April, 2002 by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees.

Amended on May 11, 2004, by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees.

Amended on June 9, 2009, by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees.