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.

Get your library card today!

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 People of PPL

A picture of the view outside the third floor of the PPL

We miss our PPL patrons and friends and have been reflecting on how thankful we are for you during this time of absence. Isn’t it a timely time to be thankful?
We have been sharing stories, and programs, and videos with you but would love to hear MORE of your stories! So we are opening a virtual door to the library for that conversation. Won’t you come in? Just click on “READ MORE!”

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.