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Chester Public Library

3 Chester St., Jct. 121 & 102
Chester NH 03036

(603) 887-3404

Mon & Weds: 3pm-8pm
Tues &Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 1pm-5pm
Sat: 10am-2pm

Holiday Closings:

Friday January 1: New Year’s Day; Monday January 18: Civil Rights Day; Monday February 15: Presidents Day; Monday May 30: Memorial Day; Saturday July 2 and Monday July 4: Independence Day Break; Saturday September 3 and Monday September 5: Labor Day Break; Saturday September 10: Closed for Town Fair; Monday October 10: Columbus Day; Monday October 31: Halloween close at 5; Friday November 11: Veterans Day; Wednesday November 13: Change hours 10-2; Thursday November 23 and Friday November 25: Thanksgiving Break; Saturday December 24 and Monday December 26, Saturday December 26: Christmas break; Thursday December 31: Change in hours to 10 to 2 for New Year’s Eve.

Find Books & More

How do I find items available at the Library?

Search our Catalog for items available at the Libary. Use your new Library card to log into the system to to place holds on items (video demo).

Are eBooks and downloadable audio books available to borrow?

Click on the icon below to borrow downloadable books:
New Hampshire Downloadable Books icon
Tips for accessing this resource are at the NH Downloadable Books Blog, which contains easy-to-follow steps in borrowing audio books and ebooks and transferring them to numerous devices. To access this resource, contact the Library at 887-3404, by email at, or visit us during Library hours. Please note that login procedures will change soon. You will need to use your new Library card to log into this resource.

How may I read magazine articles online?

You may contact the Library at 887-3404, by email at, or visit us during Library hours to obtain the instructions to access this resource below:

Find magazine articles

How may I obtain an item not available at Chester Public Library?

You may contact the Library at 887-3404, by email at, or visit us during Library hours for assistance in obtaining an item not available within our collection. We will attempt to borrow the item from another library. Any cost involved (such as postage, photocopy, and other fees) will be your responsibility. However, there is usually no fee if the item is borrowed within New Hampshire.

What should I read next?

You may contact the Library at 887-3404, by email at, or visit us during Library hours for assistance in locating some good reads. You may also use the online resources below to discover some great books.

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NoveList K-8 icon

Based on the Book
The Mid-Continent Public Library created this resource to assist you in locating books, plays, and short stories that have been made into movies.

Books about New Hampshire
Use this website to locate books (histories, guides, cookbooks, etc.) with Granite State roots.

Books for Boys
NH librarian Michael Sullivan maintains this list of books boys enjoy reading.

Juvenile Series and Sequels
Excellent site to locate some great easy readers, children’s, and teen series titles.

NH Authors
Find some great books by Granite State authors.
Use this guide to find some great titles for your book group or for your own reading pleasure.
Great site for teens to find some excellent titles.

Search our Catalog for titles found in the above resources.

Upcoming Events

The Library will be closed Saturday May 27th and Monday May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

Library Renovation Kick-off/Dessert Reception. Monday May 8th Stevens Hall 6-8PM
The time has come to renovate our library and invest in our future! The Library Board of Trustees is proud to announce this event. Please join us!

Reflexology with Marie Somers. Monday May 22nd at 6PM.
No registration needed. Refreshments will be served.

TWO Infinity Scarf Classes with Ariel
Monday May 4th from 6-8 and Saturday May 6th 10-12. Sign up required. Call to register and for information on materials needed.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Information on this program is available at the Main Desk.

Help build good readers from birth through kindergarten.

Books and Media for Sale
Available during Library hours

We have some used and discarded library books and media available for sale at .50 cents paperback and $1.00 hardcover. Come in and browse!

Come Play/Learn Canasta!
Every Thursday from 6-8

Join fellow Canasta enthusiasts for a fun evening. Instruction will be offered. Adults only.

Book Group Discussions
Tuesday, May 16th, 1pm.

This month's title is "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan. Pick up a copy here at the library and join the the group for an interesting hour of discussion. New members are welcome.

Lego Club
Saturday, May 20th from 11am-12pm.

Open to all ages. Join us for a fun hour of building. No registration required. Library provides the Legos.

Drop in and Draw Day is every day at the Library
Children and teens can come to the Library and draw/color.

Friends of the Library Meeting
Monday, May 1st at 7pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Join the Friends and help with fundraising to benefit the Library.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 16tth at 6:00pm

The Library Board of Trustees are elected officials responsible for the government of library services and finances. This meeting is open to the public.

Story Times
Every Tuesday at 11:15am and every Wednesday 6:30pm.

Come in and hear Miss Diane read stories and come make some awesome crafts!

School Vacation Week
April 23-30th

Come to the library during the week and enjoy games, crafts and puzzles. Projects will be set up in the Children's Room for families to enjoy. Remember to check out our museum passes for use during vacation week.

Museum Passes

What are Museum Passes?

A museum pass provides discounted rates to area museums. Passes are provided free of charge from the Chester Public Library to Library cardholders. Cardholders are allowed to use one pass per person per day. Passes may not be resold for cardholder profit. For pass availability and guidelines please call the Library at 887-3404.

What Museum Passes are available?

The following passes are available:
Canterbury Shaker Village (May 16-Oct. 24 with weekend activities thru mid-Dec.)
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (closed most Mondays)
Currier Museum of Art (closed Tuesdays)
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Open May 1st-November 1st)
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium (Sept-June only)
SEE Science Center

Special thanks to the Friends of the Chester Public Library for purchasing the Museum of Science pass The Library is also grateful for the Rockingham Herb Society for purchasing the Canterbury Shaker Village pass. Please contact the Library if you, or your business/organization would like to fund a Library Pass.

Library Card, Privileges, & Fines

What can I do with a membership?

You’ll have access to Chester’s community hub. We’ll connect you with entertainment, research, and people.

Who can become a member?

Anyone age 6 and up that lives in Chester, New Hampshire.

What do I need become a member?

Bring in something that shows your current Chester address. Something like a valid New Hampshire driver’s license or utility bill works great. A photo ID is required for adults. Parents need to be present and provide proof of residency in order for their child (ages 18 and under) to be issued a card.

What if I don’t live in Chester but want to be a member?

No problem! You can pay an annual fee of $40 dollars for full membership.

How long may I borrow Library items?

New Books, New Audios, All Magazines - 2 weeks
Audio Books, Books, and DVD TV series - 3 weeks
Videos/DVD’s - 1 week
Downloadable books (audios and eBooks) - varies by title
Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire for Kids, Paperwhite, Nabi Jr. - 2 weeks
Telescope - 2 weeks
Renewals may be granted for items that are not reserved by another cardholder. You may renew items online by logging into our Catalog (video demo).

What fines do I have to pay if I return an item late?

Books, magazines, audio books, CDs, cake tins, etc.: 10 cents/day
eReaders (Kindle, Nabi), DVDs, museum passes: $1 dollar/day
Telescope: $10 dollars/day, New replacement library card:$2 dollars

Patrons with items 3 months overdue or with accrued fines of $15.00 or more will have privileges suspended until all fines have been paid and items are returned.

Please be courteous to fellow library users and bring your items back in a timely fashion. Setup email notifications via your online Library account to remind yourself whenn items are about to become overdue.

What happens if a Library item gets damaged or lost while in my possession

If an item becomes lost or damaged, we charge you the retail price of item plus a $5.00 processing fee. You may also provide an exact duplicate of the item damaged/lost, plus pay the processing fee. For audio books, we charge an additional $10 if the audio book case is damaged or lost.

Help Your Library

Please read our Adopt-A-Book form and help the Library purchase books.

Be a Friend of the Chester Public Library
The Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer support organization. The Friends are the Library’s primary source of non-tax dollars and exists to financially help the Library as needed. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month, 7pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Contribute to our Children’s Programs
Please read our Be Part of the Story flyer or contact the Director at 887-3404 for ways you may contribute to enhancing our Children’s Programs.

Discover the Value of the Library & Spread the Word
We all know the Library provides invaluable services to the community. But have you ever wondered just what the Library is worth to your family? Try the Library Use Calculator provided by the New Hampshire Library Association and find out what all the Library services you use would cost if you had to pay for them directly. Spread the word about the value of our services to your friends, neighbors, and elected officials.

Donate items to the Library
Please read our Donation Policy or contact the Director at 887-3404 for more information.

Volunteer at the Library
We are always in the need of volunteers. Any assistance you may provide is greatly appreciated. Please contact the Director at 887-3404 for more information.

Online Resources

Find Business Information

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Regional Business News icon

Search our Catalog for business resources at the Library.

Find Genealogy/Local History Resources

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Chester Historical Society
After you have exhausted online and government genealogy resources, contact the Chester Historical Society for Chester genealogy inquiries.

Internet Archive
This digital library provides a gateway to Chester online documents. A scattering of Town Reports from 1843 to the present may be found within this site. Benjamin Chase’s History of old Chester [N. H.] from 1719 to 1869 and John Carroll Chase’s History of Chester, New Hampshire, including Auburn : a supplement to the History of old Chester, published in 1869 may also be accessed via this site.

New Hampshire County Registries of Deeds
Links to all NH county registries of deeds.

New Hampshire State Library
Check out their Genealogy and NH History page.

New Hampshire Department of State Division of Vital Records
Center for NH birth, death, and marriage records.

Search our Catalog for genealogy resources at the Library. If you have a genealogy inquiry, please email the Library at

Find Government Information

New Hampshire State Publications Digital Library
Contains digital documents created by NH state agencies.

Rockingham County
Official website of Rockingham County.

State of New Hampshire
Gateway to State of New Hampshire online information. Laws, directory of departments, NH Sex Offender Registry, and other info may be found by searching or browsing this site.

Town of Chester
The Town’s website lists departments and community events.
The gateway to online information for all Federal Government agencies, branches, and departments.

Find Health Information

Consumer Health Complete icon

Salem Health icon

Locate health information made available from the National Library of Medicine.

Search our Catalog for health resources at the Library.

Find Resources for School/College Assignments

Academic Search Premier icon

Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia icon

Kids Search icon

MAS Ultra icon

Middle Search Plus icon

Primary Search icon

Salem History icon


Student Research Center icon

Topic Search icon

Dewey Browse
This website is arranged by topic and provides links to great websites for children and teens.

A searchable directory of great websites for kids.

Pinkerton Academy Saltmarsh Library
This site has the Saltmarsh Library Catalog, resources for Junior and Senior Essays, and other tips and information useful for assignments.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Check out this site for tips on writing research papers.

Son of Citation Machine
Get the correct format to cite sources by using this easy-to-use resource.

Search our Catalog for resources at the Library pertaining to your assignment.

Learn a Foreign Language

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New Hampshire Downloadable Books icon

Search our Catalog for foreign language resources at the Library.

Other Library Services


You must be a Library cardholder and need to sign our Internet policy. Our computers contain Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, and Mozilla Firefox. Wi-Fi is available to all visitors.

Photocopy, Printing, and Fax services

Photocopies: 10 cents per page
Computer printing: 25 cents per page
Fax services: $1.00 per page to receive; $1.00 per page to send in state or to 800 numbers; $2.00 per page to send out of state; $4.00 per page to send international

Chester and Chester Public Library Merchandise

Help the Library raise additional funds by purchasing the following:
Spring and summer prints of Chester: FREE!

Meeting Rooms

Our Meeting Room seats 12 people maximum. Please read our Meeting Room Policy for more information.

Community Services

We collect the following:
Non-perishables for the Chester Food Pantry, Eyeglasses (no cases please) for the Lion’s Club
Box tops for Chester Academy


Call us

(603) 887-3404

Email us

In person

3 Chester St., Jct. 121 & 102
Chester, NH 03036

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About the Chester Public Library

Our Goal

We want to be your favorite place in town. Help us make it happen. Please read our Mission Statement and Objective to better understand our goal.

Meet the Staff

Kandace Knowlton - Library Director

Diane Arrato Gavrish - Assistant Director/Head of Youth Services

Danielle DeNapoli- Library Aide

Maureen DeNapoli - Library Aide

Nathan Jaworski - Library Aide

Olivia LaPorte - Library Page

Esther Connelly - Cleaning

Meet the Trustees

The Library Trustees are elected officials responsible for the government of library services and finances. Each Trustee serves a three-year term. More information about the role of the Trustees may be read in the Trustees By-Laws.

The Trustees are:
Mary Beth Ditoro - Chair
Barbara Holmes
Deb Munson
Mary Richardson
Emily Bradley
Read our blog for Trustee Meeting Minutes and Budget Proposals. The next Board of Trustees meetings is Tuesday, July 16, 6:30pm.

Hours & Location

Chester Public Library

3 Chester St., Jct. 121 & 102
Chester NH 03036

(603) 887-3404

Mon & Weds: 3pm-8pm
Tues &Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 1pm-5pm
Sat: 10am-2pm

Holiday Closings: Monday May 25: Memorial Day; Saturday July 3 and 4: Independence Day break; Monday September 7: Labor Day; Monday October 12: Columbus Day; Wednesday November 11: Veterans Day;; Wednesday November 25: Change in hours to 10 to 3; Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27: Thanksgiving break; Thursday December 24, Friday December 25, and Saturday December 26: Christmas break; Thursday December 31: Change in hours to 10 to 3 for New Year’s Eve.