Potsdam Public Library

Your premier source for literacy, lifelong learning, recreation, and research



COVID-19 Closure FAQ

When will you reopen? The good news: many libraries in the North Country are open for curbside pickup and/or inside appointments. The bad news: this does not include PPL, but for a very good reason. Continental Construction is in the main library daily giving the place a fabulous makeover. We do not know exactly when we may reopen to the public, however, look for news of that in November and December.

How do I return my books and movies? Books and other hardy materials may be returned in our book drop or to any other North Country Library System library. Fragile materials such as DVDs and audiobooks may be returned at other libraries or you may wait until we reopen. Questions? Call the library at 315-265-7230 and leave a message.

Can I sign up for a library card to use OverDrive/Libby, or other online resources? YES! Please email your request to info@potsdamlibrary.org. Library staff members are working remotely and will be happy to assist with setting up your new account.

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It doesn’t matter where you live, whether your address is in Potsdam, Stockholm, or Watertown; you can get a library card, and you can use the Potsdam Public Library, including access to all of our online resources.

The site of the new mezzanine

Renovation Update

PPL Adult Program Coordinator William Eckert here again with the much-desired, frequently-requested update as to where we are with renovations. […]

Ms. Weld exuded a certain sense of pride and excitement in the work she is doing in bringing this classical look back to the library, pride and excitement that is shared with the entire staff at the library and we hope is shared with our patrons.

A picture of William Eckert
Adult Program Coordinator William Eckert

PPL Hires New Adult Program Coordinator

“As adult program coordinator, Mr. Eckert is a member of the LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone) Department, headed by Public Services Manager Sarah Sachs, and he is responsible for planning classes and events for adults and teens, as well as cultivating community partnerships that encourage sustainable and innovative programming.”

COVID-19 Resources

Assistance for Residents and Families. A compiled list of government and scientific authorities prepared by the North Country Library System.

NCLS Virtual Branch

Amidst concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, all North Country Library System libraries have closed their buildings. However, you can visit the North Country Library System virtual branch, which includes e-books, self-guided classes, and virtual programming.

Books and More!

Search for books using our online catalog. Find out about our electronic research resources, ebooks and audiobooks, and special collections, including DVDs, seed library, and museum passes.

Classes and Events

Attend classes and events including technology topics, crafting, book clubs, music events, and more.

For Kids and Parents

Here you’ll find all of our resources for kids and parents, online learning, story time videos, and events for families.

Read Alouds

Because of copyright restrictions, librarians can’t always record themselves reading published works aloud. Here are some channels and links for read-aloud videos where performance permission has been granted, or where authors read their own works.