Potsdam Public Library

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

COVID-19 Closure FAQ

When will you reopen? The library falls into the arts/education category of the Governor’s plan to reopen businesses, which is in the last phase. At this time, it is not possible to predict with any accuracy when the library will reopen. We are also hopeful that our renovation project can still take place, and so our library may be closed for construction a bit longer than other libraries as we complete that project.

How do I return my books and movies? Until we reopen, we are asking patrons to keep any library materials that you have checked out, rather than returning them at this time. As always, we are fine-free, and we have extended all due dates for checked out materials.

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.

Census 2020

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School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.

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.

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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.