Potsdam Public Library

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

Library Opening FAQ

When will you reopen? The good news is that we are SO CLOSE to fully opening. In anticipation of this, we have reactivated PPL as a pickup library for interlibrary loans. Starting June 1 we will be initiating curbside pickup for ILL items. Patrons may begin loading holds at ncls.org NOW! Pickup will be available from 9 AM – 4 PM, weekdays at the garden entrance in fair weather and outside the Friends’ bookstore in inclement weather.

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.

PPL Introduces New Birds of Prey Program

Meet Wednesday, the Eastern Screech Owl. She is one of two screeches living as a rescue bird in Mark Manske’s “Raptor Palace.”

Here it is, the first in our PPL Birds of Prey Program and the first blog in our PPL on the Outside category. Learn about Adirondack Raptors owner Mark Manske and the work he does with owls, falcons, hawks, eagles and other birds of prey. Mark also takes us on a virtual tour of his “Raptor Palace,” and meet Wednesday the screech owl and her friends. 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.