Potsdam Public Library

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

The library re-opened on August 22nd! Masks are required (even if vaccinated). Please use hand sanitizer when you enter the library. We have a limit of 10 patrons at a time. Patrons are invited to enter through the garden entrance, or through the bookstore ramp to the elevator (front doors are temporarily closed).

Monday, 9 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 AM to 8 PM
Thursday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, 12 to 4 PM

Curbside service will continue to be available. Patrons may place holds at ncls.org. Pickup will be available during our open hours at the garden entrance in fair weather and outside the Friends’ bookstore in inclement weather.

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.

Honoring Banned Books Week with “Read Outs”

This Sunday, Sept. 26, 2-3 pm, PPL is kicking off Banned and Challenged Books week, with a “Read Out” on the front steps of the library where community members, educators and writers will talk about the fight against censorship and will read selections from books that have been banned or challenged by schools, bookstores or libraries. Click “read More” to learn more about the week-long open mic public readings.

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Potsdam Public Library Annual Report 2020-2021 Statistics, patrons, library visitors, 55356, total cardholders, 6779, new cardholders, 444, event attendance, 1502, out of district patrons, 2046, collection, collection size, 70635, items checked out, 42083, audio and ebooks read, 15271, year in review, This was not the year we had planned! We closed in March due to the pandemic, and remained closed for renovations the rest of the year, but despite that, we continued to serve our community by offering new virtual online programs, audiobooks and ebooks, stocking Shelfies (little free libraries) all over the region, continuing our ESL programs, and personal service handling requests for new cards and keeping accounts active. welcome back, As the 2021-2022 year begins, we are so excited to welcome you to your beautifully renovated library. We're back, and better than ever!

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

The North Country Library System virtual branch 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.