Access to Materials:
The Hooksett Library does not restrict access to any materials on the basis of a person’s color, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, sex, or age. Free access to the total library is essential to public library service for the entire community.
How to get a library card:
- Register for a temporary library “account” online to:
- Reserve books and materials.
- Access our research materials online.
- Note that you will have to visit the library in person to get the actual library card for full access to library services.
- Visit the library in person to get an actual library card and gain full access to library services. Be sure to bring the appropriate documentation listed below under the various library card eligibility types.
Library Card Eligibility:
Adult Resident Cards...
Residents and landowners of The Town of Hooksett are entitled to a library card without charge. Proof of residency is required and may be a driver’s license with the Hooksett address or a license with a non-Hooksett address and any mail, check book, lease agreement, purchase/sales agreement etc. documenting the person’s Hooksett residency Hookset Library or property ownership. All resident library cards expire and need to be renewed three years from the initial date of issue or last renewal.
Any child up to age 13, who lives in Hooksett, is eligible for a shared library card with their parent/guardian. This card will act as a shared card with both the child and the parent listed as owners of the library card. Any materials checked out on this card will be the responsibility of the parent. The library card will be signed for by both the parent and the child. All juvenile cards will expire on the child’s fourteenth birthday, at which time they will be encouraged to sign up for a teen card.
Any youth between the ages of 14 to 18, who lives in Hooksett, is eligible for a Teen library card. A teen library card will have privacy rights of an adult library card, while still holding the parent financially responsible. All teen cards will expire on the teen’s eighteenth birthday, at which time they will be encouraged to register for an adult resident card.
A Hooksett adult resident who chooses to homeschool his/her child(ren) is eligible for a homeschooler library card. This card allows for any items used expressly for homeschooling curriculum to have a changed due date to reflect four weeks, while all other items will be checked out for the standard two-week circulation period . Home schooling curriculum materials may be renewed twice for a period of two weeks each time. All homeschooler library cards expire and need to be renewed one year from the initial date of issue or last renewal and will require proof of homeschooling from the Hooksett School District.
Hooksett Library provides the option for Hooksett residents to register for a library card online through the library’s catalog. This selfregistration is considered temporary until the individual visits the library to establish a regular library card. A self-registration allows a patron to place reserves and access online resources requiring a Hooksett library card.
Any teacher employed at the Hooksett schools may receive a Teacher library card from the Hooksett Library regardless of residency. All items will be checked out with a twoweek circulation period, however any items used expressly for teaching curriculum will have a changed due date to reflect four weeks. Teaching curriculum materials may be renewed twice for a period of two weeks each time. Non-teachers employed in the schools may receive an Employed in Town non-resident card. All teacher library cards expire and need to be renewed one year from the initial date of issue or last renewal and will require proof of employment from the Hooksett School District.
Temporary housing “residents” may receive a Hooksett Library card on a temporary basis. The card will be issued for a period of three months with a temporary Hooksett mailing address and a driver’s license for identification. This card allows for two materials to be checked out at a given time.
Any adult resident card holder who is a regularly scheduled volunteer at the Hooksett Library will be provided a status of Volunteer on their library card. Library trustees are considered library volunteers in the definition of a library card. Volunteer library cards shall not accrue fines. Volunteers are responsible for any lost or damaged items checked out on their accounts. All volunteer library cards expire and need to be renewed one year from the initial date of issue or last renewal and are contingent on continued status as a library volunteer.
Non-residents with Non-resident fee...
Individuals desiring a Hooksett Library card who do not live or work in Hooksett will be required to pay a $60 annual fee. The card is valid for one year from date of payment and can be renewed annually upon payment of the nonresident fee. Non-resident cards are issued in name only, but can be used by all family members living at the same address. This fee is based on the average household’s property tax contribution to the Hooksett Library. The fee is reviewed annually by the Hooksett Library Board of Trustees after the town’s budget is approved at town meeting. Cards will be renewed annually on July 1 st . Letters of renewal will be sent with the updated renewal fee to all registered non-resident fee cardholders. Anyone purchasing a card throughout the year will pay a pro-rated rate based on the calendar date.
Nonresident fee for patrons living in a GMILCS town:
The Hooksett Library shall grant a nonresident card to any patron residing in a GMILCS community at half the regular cost of a Hooksett Library card. The funds from these accounts will be used to support special collections at the Hooksett Library such as LegoLend, Science Kits and other special initiatives.
Non-resident digital resources:
This patron type shall follow the same annual renewal as all non-resident accounts and will provide access to the Library’s digital resources such as e-books and online tools such as Lynda.com and other databases. Patrons of this type will not be allowed to borrow physical resources or museum passes from the library.
Employed in Town...
Non-resident employed in town cards are available at no charge to people working in the Town of Hooksett. Proof of employment is required, either a business card with name of employee and local address of employer, a letter on company letterhead signifying employment locally, or a current paystub from a local employer. Family members are not eligible for library cards unless they meet other nonresident requirements. All Employed In Town library cards expire and need to be renewed one year from the initial date of issue or last renewal and will require proof of employment from the Hooksett School District.
Nonresident student library cards are available at no charge to students who are attending school in the Town of Hooksett. All Student library cards expire and need to be renewed one year from the initial date of issue or last renewal and will require proof of enrollment from a Hooksett-based school.
Students at Southern New Hampshire University...
Students enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University are eligible for a library card with proof of enrollment to the university. Students must also have a driver’s license or other photo identification with their permanent address that can be used on their library record. All SNHU Student library cards Hookset Library Circulation Policy, Approved 04/19/2011, Amended 07/26/2012, Page 4 expire at the end of the academic year and need to be renewed at the start of the next enrolled semester and will require proof of enrollment at the university.
Expiration and Removal of Library Cards:
Library cards that have been expired and inactive for three years will be deleted from the patron database if there are less than $10 in fines and no blocks on the account. Lost Cards: Replacement cards are available if any patron’s original card is lost or damaged.
GMILCS Common Borrower Privileges:
The Hooksett Library is a member of GMILCS, Inc., a multi-type library consortium. As a member our cardholders are able to use most services and materials from other libraries in the consortium. Libraries may choose to limit access to certain collections. A valid library card must be presented to use the service. The policies of the lending library will prevail so patrons should be aware that loan periods, fine schedules, etc. may differ from those at the Hooksett Library. Items may be returned and fines may be paid at any of the participating libraries. Items obtained through inter-library loan are subject to the Inter-library Loan policies and procedures even if they are borrowed from a GMILCS library.